P is for Parthenon

"P is for Parthenon"Who says you have to go to Greece to see the Parthenon? Intricately made with enormous marble crusted pillars, adorned with life-like artesian displays of gods and goddesses, and compiled of history from 447 BC, who wouldn’t want to experience the famous Parthenon temple? Well, now you can without stepping foot in Greece. Proudly standing in the middle of Nashville’s Centennial Park, you can experience more than just a mere replica of the Parthenon, but truly experience the full scale models of the forty-two foot statue of Athena as well as the great Parthenon.

The original Parthenon in ancient Greece was a powerful temple on Athenian Acropolis, and serves as a memory to the Greek goddess Athena. It serves as a symbol of Ancient Greece as well as the Athenian democracy. As one of the world’s intricate cultural monuments, the re-creation of the statue, which is the focus as it was in ancient Greece, in Nashville Tennessee, serves as the peak of Nashville’s classical architecture as it brings the history of ancient Greece right into the Americas. Adorned in intricate architectural designs with embellishing artwork, the Parthenon is a temple worth exploring.

As much of the original Parthenon in ancient Greece has been destroyed over the years, the plaster models of the Parthenon marbles found in the pillars are exact replicas of the original sculptures from 438 BC. The originals of this fine Athenian sculpture can only be found in the British Museum in London. However, Nashville has a museum of its own. The Parthenon serves as Nashville’s most prized art museum. With the focus on the permanent collection of the Parthenon’s sixty-three paintings from the 19th and 20th century’s artists, the gallery provides a venue of exquisite shows and exhibits.

The Parthenon is open to the public throughout the year, so any time is a good time to visit Nashville’s Parthenon. With so much to offer, the membership fee of six dollars per adult and four dollars per child is more than worth it. Whether you visit Tuesday through Saturday from 9 am to 4:30 pm or during the extended hours of June, July, and August which include Sundays from 12:30 pm to 4:30pm, you are sure to have a historically great time. Explore the history of ancient Greece, enjoy the art of the most famous artists, or enjoy the intricate architecture of ancient Greece right in Nashville. Come experience history close to home in Nashville’s Parthenon.

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