This is the world's only large-scale replica of the famous temple in Athens, Greece. Nashville's version was originally constructed as a temporary plaster exhibit for Tennessee's Centennial Exposition in 1897 and then was rebuilt with more permanent materials in 1931. The coolest part is the 42-foot, gold-leaf-gilded statue of Athena; it approximates what the original likely looked like and lends a hallowed feeling to an otherwise hollow hall. For those who enjoy learning about Ancient Greece, but are unable to visit the Mediterranean country ought to consider stopping by The Parthenon, one of the top things to do in Nashville. The interior also houses exhibits about the history of the structure, as well as a gallery with rotating shows and permanent artwork by such American masters as Winslow Homer.
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