“Earth proudly wears the Parthenon as the best gem upon her zone.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
A full-scale replica of Athens Parthenon stands in Nashville’s Centennial Park, exacting in its detail to the original. The massively ornate structure, originally built for Tennessee’s 1897 Centennial Exposition, is one of the city’s main tourist attractions.
As impressive as the classical architecture is on the outside is what you will find on the inside: A nearly 42-ft. tall, gold-gilded statue of the Greek Goddess Athena. Nashville’s Athena is said to be the largest indoor sculpture of its kind in the Western World.
The Parthenon—Athena—in Nashville—who would have thought?