The 1897 Tennessee Centennial Exposition brought about the construction of a full-scale replica of the ancient Parthenon of Athens in Nashville, TN. Nashville.gov describes it as “a monument to what is considered the pinnacle of classical architecture.” Today it functions as an art museum for the city of Nashville and beautiful centerpiece of Centennial Park, housing a full-scale replica of Athena Parthenos. Artist, Alan LeQuire was commissioned in 1982 by the city of Nashville to construct this magnificent re-creation of the original statue said to have been unveiled in Athens around 437 BCE.
The inner chamber of the Parthenon, or naos in classical architecture, is adorned with plaster replicas of the Parthenon Marbles, also known as the Elgin Marbles, found at the British Museum in London. “[These] are direct casts of the original sculptures which adorned the pediments of the Athenian Parthenon, dating back to 438 BCE,” according to Nashville.gov.
A Couple of Interesting Facts from Nashville.gov’s website:
- The Parthenon in Athens was carved out of Pentelic marble and it took the Greeks approximately 10 years to construct the building, 447-438 B.C.
- Nashville’s Parthenon was created from brick, stone, structural reinforced concrete, and cast concrete aggregate. It took the City of Nashville nearly 10 years to build their Parthenon, 1921-1931.
The Parthenon’s current operating hours are:
- Tuesday – Saturday: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
- Sundays: 12:30 – 4:30 pm
- Closed Monday
Admission: Members: Free; Adults – $7.00; Children 4-17: $5.00 (under 4 free); Seniors over 62: $5.00. All credit and debit card transactions carry a 2.30% convenience fee.
Phone number 615-862-8431
or visit http://www.nashville.gov/parthenon/
[Hours and admission costs updated 4.3.2015.]