"Centennial Park" Parthenon Tip by DrewV

Parthenon, Nashville: 35 reviews and 99 photos

Nashville has a number of terrific green spaces in its city limits. Percy and Edwin Warner is the biggest. Radnor Lake is the best (see General Tips). Centennial Park is the one you'll see as a tourist.

Built for the Centennial Exposition of 1896 to honour Tennessee's one hundredth anniversary, the park still has that glorious fin-de-siecle feel to it. Heightening the appeal is the perfect replica of the Parthenon which looms over the center of the park.

The Parthenon, designed to show Nashville's claim to be "Athens of the South" (due to the large number of colleges and universities), was so popular during the exposition that it was made permanent. Now, it holds an art collection, a 42 foot tall statue of Athena, and original plaster castings of the Elgin marbles (even the Greeks don't have those!). It's worth a stop, if for nothing else than to see how we Nashvillians view our city.

Address: 2500 West End Ave., Nashville, TN 37203
Directions: Centennial Park, Nashville, TN
Phone: (615) 862-8431
Website: http://www.nashville.gov/Parks-and-Recreation/Parthenon.aspx

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jun 13, 2003
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