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Concrete Parthenon

"Athens of the South." 

Originally constructed for Tennessee’s 1897 Centennial Exposition, a full-sized replica of Athens’ famous Parthenon resides today in Nashville’s Centennial Park. Its remarkable quality is that it’s entirely out of concrete. The building also houses a 42-foot recreation of the Parthenon’s Athena statue, the original of which has not survived today. As per Nashville’s Parks and Recreation website, “The building and the Athena statue are both full-scale replicas of the Athenian originals.”

The Parthenon is a destination unto itself, but also serves as one of the city’s top five art museums. The focus of its permanent collection is a group of 19th-and-20th-century paintings by American artists, donated by James M. Cowan. A variety of temporary shows and exhibits can also be found in the additional gallery space.

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Entrance fee is $6 for adults and $4 for children (4-17) and Seniors (62+)Hours are Tuesday-Saturday 9-4:30. Sunday 12:30-4:30