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“A National Treasure”
Review of The Parthenon

The Parthenon
Ranked #50 of 268 things to do in Nashville
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Standing as the centerpiece in Nashville's Centennial Park, the Parthenon is a full scale replica of the Parthenon in Athens, Greece. Come inside to see the 42-foot gilded sculpture of Athena, the permanent display of American paintings from the Cowan Collection, the history of the Nashville Parthenon dating back to the 1897 Tennessee Centennial Exposition, and a variety of temporary shows and exhibitions! The entrance is located on the ground level of the East side of the building.
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Reviewed May 27, 2013

It is hard to put a value on something that represents so much in one's life. In my childhood so many years ago, the Parthenon stood as the symbol for our regular family visits to Centennial Park. Then at Christmas the Parthenon was the backdrop for the lighted Christmas manger scene. We rarely went inside; it was just there. Back then we took it for granted, and it was not until I recently returned and visited the Parthenon, for the first time in decades, that I realized the incredible value that this facility has had for not only the residents of Nashville, but also its incredible value to the world as a vibrant history lesson in 3D. The Parthenon is probably at least part of the reason that Nashville is referred to as the Athens of the South, but its presence does more than provide the basis for a city description. It stands as a timeless symbol of culture and human development. It makes you think!

Thank James t
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Reviewed May 26, 2013 via mobile

The grounds are bucolic, allowing for fishing in the lake, picnicking under the abundant trees, or taking a walk along the lake way path.

The Parthenon is an architectural marvel.

The building is closed on Sundays and Mondays, so I missed touring the art gallery. That will be on my list to do next trip.

Thank Kelley D
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Reviewed May 26, 2013

The building itself is an amazing sight to see, but there isn't much else to it. A limited selection of art and antiques inside which doesn't take very long to view. It is worthwhile to visit, but I wouldn't plan on spending a large amount of time actually at the Parthenon. I think you can safely view the building and all it has to offer in a couple of hours and then spend the rest of your day doing something else. It is located in a very pretty park area, but again not a lot to do. I enjoyed visiting this attraction, but I have to admit I came away a little disappointed. There was less public area for viewing inside than I expected.

Thank lp3coda
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Reviewed May 24, 2013

You have to visit the replica of the original. You will not be disappointed. Awe inspiring! I almost felt like I was in Greece!! Now I have to go to the original site of this wonder. It was already on my bucket list but now in the top 5 of things to do next!

Thank kajoy2
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Reviewed May 17, 2013

This is architecture at its finest. All the details they show you up close are wonderful. The park is a great place to picnic also.

Thank star98373
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