The centrepiece of Nashville's Centennial Park is the world's
only full-scale replica of the Parthenon temple in Athens, Greece,
complete with a re-creation of the 42ft (13m) high statue of Athena
that stood outside the temple in ancient Greece. Like the original,
the Partenon in Nashville faces east to let in light as th sun
rises. The Parthenon was originally built for Tennessee's 1897
Centennial Exposition, its plaster decoration being direct casts of
the Parthenon Marbles and original sculptures which adorned the
pediments of the Greek Parthenon that was built in 438 BC. The
massive bronze doors measuring 24 feet high and 7 feet across come
in two sets of two, making them the largest set of matching doors
in the world. The building today serves as Nashville's art museum,
with a permanent collection of 63 painitngs donated by James M.
Cowan that highlights 19th and 20th century American artists. 57
artists are represented by the collection, and all of the paintings
are oil on ca Address: Centennial Park, West End Avenue and 25th Avenue Website: www.parthenon.org Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone: (615) 862 8431 Opening Time: Tuesday to Saturday 9am to 4.30pm. From June to
August the museum is also open on Sundays from 12.30pm to 4.30pm.
The Parthenon is closed on Mondays Admission: $6 (adults); $4 (seniors and children 4-17); Free for
children under four years of age
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