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  The Parthenon in Nashville
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Nashville is located in the Nashville Basin, a bowl-shaped area which is excellent for farming.

Founded on Christmas Day in the late 1700s, the early settlers built a fort and called it Fort "Nashborough". Soon, the fort grew into a town with a changed name, Nashville But, you can visit Fort Nashborough on the Cumberland River. Amazingly, it looks as it did 200 years ago.

As the permanent capital of Tennessee, the Tennessee State Capitol building stands on the hill overlooking Memorial Square. James Strickland, who designed the building, died before it was completed. He is buried within its walls! The building is made of marble from the Tennessee Mountains.

Note: there were 3 other capitols before Nashville. the three were Knoxville, Kingston, and Murfreesboro.

There's some very unique architecture in Nashville that I never expected to see here. The city is called "The Athens of the South" because of several buildings that look like those of Ancient Athens. I thought the best example we saw was located in Centennial Park and was called The Parthenon where there are art collections, & it's a dead ringer (copy) of the real Parthenon in Athens, Greece.

Another more famous nickname for Nashville is "Music City, USA". It's gained this name over the years because of the Grand Ole Opry House in a suburb called Donelson.

Also, the Country Music Hall of Fame is located on Music Square, East Street, & here you're able to discover a great deal about the people who have created country music. But the biggest reason its called Music City USA is because this city of half a million people has 200 recording studios. More country music is recorded in Nashville than in any other city!

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  • Updated May 29, 2005
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