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Parthenon

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Parthenon

Just a short ride from Nashville’s downtown honky-tonks, a much-loved replica of Greece's most famous temple serves as the high altar to the city's cultural life.

A full-sized replica of one of Classical Greece’s most treasured buildings is an unlikely Nashville landmark, but surprisingly, it works. The Parthenon is the centerpiece of Nashville’s Centennial Park, and houses an art museum and a 42-foot (13-meter) high statue of the Greek goddess Athena.

Long before Nashville was dubbed "Music City" it was known as the "Athens of the South." This nickname took physical form during Tennessee's 1897 Centennial Exposition, which featured many recreations of ancient buildings. The Greek Parthenon was the centerpiece, and the only exact reproduction built to scale. Replicas of the Parthenon Marbles are direct casts taken from the British Museum and the Acropolis Museum in Athens. Those buildings for the exposition were erected as temporary structures. The Parthenon, however, proved so popular with locals and visitors that it was saved from demolition.

Originally constructed from timber, plaster and brick, The Parthenon was entirely rebuilt in the 1920s and ’30s from concrete. The Parthenon now serves as Nashville's art museum. Step through the enormous Doric columns and gaze up at the statue of Athena, one of the largest indoor sculptures in the Western world. Then explore the collection of 63 paintings from 19th- and 20th-century American artists.

In summertime the building serves as a spectacular backdrop for theater productions, so be sure to check the local press for performance times. The Parthenon is a highlight of the Nashville Nights and Lights Tour, during which you may be lucky enough to catch the surreal sight of a toga party in full swing.

While you’re at The Parthenon, take advantage of Centennial Park’s many attractions. Bring some bread to feed the ducks at the nearby lake, explore the gardens, and admire the decommissioned saber jet airplane and locomotive. It's not uncommon to find a market or fair set up on the lawns as well.

The Parthenon is open Tuesdays to Saturdays and takes about two hours to properly explore. Centennial Park is approximately two miles (three kilometers) west of downtown Nashville. City buses stop nearby and parking is free.

Top Hotels Close to Parthenon

The Hayes Street Hotel Nashville
The Hayes Street Hotel Nashville
3.5 out of 5
1909 Hayes Street, Nashville, TN
The price is $126 per night from Jul 26 to Jul 26
Located in West End, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Vanderbilt University, Bridgestone Arena, and Ryman Auditorium. Belmont University and Country Music ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,210 reviews)
"Room was clean with comfy bed. Breakfast was weak and recommend eating some where else"

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2021

The Hayes Street Hotel Nashville
Graduate Nashville
Graduate Nashville
4 out of 5
101 20th Avenue North, Nashville, TN
The price is $220 per night from Aug 11 to Aug 11
Located in West End, this hotel is steps from Nashville Broadway and Vanderbilt University. Bridgestone Arena and Ryman Auditorium are also within 2 mi (3 ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (190 reviews)
"Very cute theme. Comfy room."

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2021

Graduate Nashville
Holiday Inn Nashville - Vanderbilt - Dwtn, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Nashville - Vanderbilt - Dwtn, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
2613 W End Ave, Nashville, TN
The price is $127 per night from Aug 23 to Aug 23
Located in West End, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Vanderbilt University, Parthenon, and Centennial Park. Nashville Broadway and Vanderbilt Hospital ...
4.3/5Excellent! (953 reviews)
"Being right by the park was nice."

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2021

Holiday Inn Nashville - Vanderbilt - Dwtn, an IHG Hotel
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The Hayes Street Hotel Nashville
The Hayes Street Hotel Nashville
3.5 out of 5
1909 Hayes Street, Nashville, TN
The price is $126 per night from Jul 26 to Jul 26
The Hayes Street Hotel Nashville
Graduate Nashville
Graduate Nashville
4 out of 5
101 20th Avenue North, Nashville, TN
The price is $220 per night from Aug 11 to Aug 11
Graduate Nashville
Holiday Inn Nashville - Vanderbilt - Dwtn, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Nashville - Vanderbilt - Dwtn, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
2613 W End Ave, Nashville, TN
The price is $127 per night from Aug 23 to Aug 23
Holiday Inn Nashville - Vanderbilt - Dwtn, an IHG Hotel
Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown
Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown
4 out of 5
623 Union St, Nashville, TN
The price is $179 per night from Jul 29 to Jul 29
Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown
Homewood Suites by Hilton Nashville Vanderbilt, TN
Homewood Suites by Hilton Nashville Vanderbilt, TN
3 out of 5
2400 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN
The price is $169 per night from Jul 25 to Jul 25
Homewood Suites by Hilton Nashville Vanderbilt, TN
Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University
Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University
4 out of 5
2555 West End Ave, Nashville, TN
The price is $135 per night from Jul 25 to Jul 25
Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Nashville Midtown
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Nashville Midtown
2.5 out of 5
1500 CHARLOTTE AVENUE, Nashville, TN
The price is $152 per night from Jul 28 to Jul 28
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Nashville Midtown
Loews Vanderbilt Hotel
Loews Vanderbilt Hotel
4 out of 5
2100 W End Ave, Nashville, TN
The price is $161 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
Loews Vanderbilt Hotel
Element Nashville Vanderbilt West End
Element Nashville Vanderbilt West End
3 out of 5
4 CITY BOULEVARD, Nashville, TN
The price is $149 per night from Aug 10 to Aug 10
Element Nashville Vanderbilt West End
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.