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Parthenon in Nashville – Virtual Tour

Parthenon in Nashville - Virtual Tour

Parthenon in Nashville – Virtual Tour

The Parthenon in Centennial Park, in Nashville, Tennessee, is a full-scale replica of the original Athens Parthenon, which dates back to 440 BC. The Nashville Parthenon functions as an art museum with a re-creation of the Athena Parthenos statue in the main hall.

Unlike the original Parthenon in Greece, which has been severely damaged by 2,000 years of vandalism and theft, the replica of the Nashville Parthenon is complete in the historic temple’s original state. Its decorations are colored as close to the presumed original as possible.

The plaster replicas of the Parthenon Marbles that are displayed in the Nashville Parthenon are direct casts of the original sculptures which adorned the pediments of the Athenian Parthenon.

The surviving originals are housed in the British Museum in London and at the Acropolis Museum in Athens.

The Nashville Parthenon was designed by Confederate veteran William Crawford Smith and constructed in 1897 as part of the Tennessee Centennial Exposition.

The Nashville Parthenon is an exact reproduction and was initially built of plaster, wood, and brick. The Parthenon was not intended to be permanent, but with its popularity, it was left standing after the Exposition.

Within the next 20 years, the weather and its exposure caused its deterioration, and it was then rebuilt on the same foundations, in permanent concrete, starting in 1920.

Parthenon in Nashville - Virtual Tour

Plaster replicas of the original Parthenon Marbles from the original sculptures and a smaller model of the Pedimental Sculptures

Today, as an Art Museum, the Nashville Parthenon’s permanent collection includes over 60 paintings by 19th and 20th century American artists. The giant Athena Parthenos statue, a replica of the lost original from the Greek Parthenon, was completed in 1990.

The statue of Athena Parthenos is cuirassed with her armor and helmeted, she carries a shield on her left arm and a small statue of Nike (Victory) in her right palm and stands 42 feet (13 m) high.

The Ancient Greek goddess is gilt with more than 8 pounds (3.6 kg) of gold leaf; an equally colossal serpent rears its head between her and her shield.

Local theater productions use the Nashville Parthenon as a backdrop for classic Greek plays, and other performances have been performed inside, at the foot of Athena’s statue.

The Parthenon in Nashville has been referenced and used as the backdrop for movies, TV, documentaries, and referenced in music and literature.

Parthenon in Nashville - Virtual Tour
Parthenon in Nashville

Highlights of the Parthenon in Nashville

Parthenon in Nashville - Virtual Tour

Statue of Athena Parthenos by Alan LeQuire, 1990

Parthenon in Nashville

  • Museum:          Parthenon in Nashville
  • City:                  Nashville
  • State:                Tennessee
  • Country:           United States
  • Constructed:    440 BC (original in Greece); 1897 (original structure in Nashville); 1925–1931 (permanent version)
  • Architect:         William Crawford Smith
  • Type:                Art Museum, History Museum
  • Location:          2500 West End Ave, Nashville, TN, United States

Parthenon in Nashville - Virtual Tour

The original Parthenon on the Acropolis of Athens, 440 BC

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Parthenon in Nashville

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Parthenon in Nashville

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“Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you.”
– Pericles, Athenian politician who funded the Parthenon

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Photo Credit: Mayur Phadtare / CC BY-SA (creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0); Cdv1014 / CC BY-SA (creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0); Cdv1014 / CC BY-SA (creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0); Photograph by Dean Dixon, Sculpture by Alan LeQuire / FAL

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