A full-sized replica of the original Parthenon in Greece…in Nashville, Tennessee?
If you’re surprised, we were too! When we think Nashville, we think twangy honky-tonks, banjo music, and the Grand Ole Opry.
Apparently, turn of the century, Nashville was considered “the Athens of the South” for its academic institutions and return to classical education. So, the Parthenon was constructed, first in 1897 out of plaster and finally out of concrete in 1931 due to the poor durability of the original plaster.
Now for $6 you can tour the Parthenon, which includes a museum of the history of the Nashville Parthenon as well as a huge statue of Athena Parthenos (also full-size replica of the one in Greece).
Would we recommend seeing the Nashville Parthenon? Absolutely; it’s quite impressive.