Saturday, September 15, 2007

Athens of the South



Built as the fine arts pavilion and centerpiece for Tennessee's 100th birthday, the Parthenon still occupies the place of honor in Centennial Park. A full-scale replica of the original Greek Parthenon, the one built in 1897 for the centennial celebration was made of wood, brick and plaster. Between 1921 and 1931, the city re-built its Parthenon of concrete. Inside the building is a full-size replica of the statue of Athena. Today, the Parthenon is the city's art museum.

A couple of notes: The committee planning the centennial celebration supposedly chose to build the Parthenon because Nashville has long been called "Athens of the South." Just like the Greek Parthenon, the Nashville Parthenon faces east.
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2 comments:

oldmanlincoln said...

Gosh that is a very elegant building and beautiful. Interesting.

Jilly said...

Goodness gracious! I thought I was in the wrong country! Loved your horse yesterday.

Have a great holiday.