You Just Have To: The Parthenon
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Take some touristy pics at one of Nashville's most iconic landmarks and, yes, it's as random as it sounds.
Some things simply can't be explained—like a full-scale replica of an enormous, world renown ancient Greek temple in the middle of Tennessee.
But things get weirder: the Parthenon, which stands proudly in the middle of Centennial Park, was built about one-hundred years ago in honor of the Centennial Exposition and, just like the Tour Eiffel in very different circumstances, was meant to be torn down shortly after, but wound up sticking around for future generations to enjoy. But why this particular replica? Nashville was, and to an extent still is, known as the "Athens of the South" due to the amount of art, culture and colleges present at the time. Thus, they picked the most iconic Greek building they could think of.
Aside from being a quirky tourist trap, the Parthenon also functions as an art museum, offering a wealth of 19th and 20th century North American paintings. Circling the park and taking a million selfies is free, but admission into the building to check out the art museum and daunting statue of Athena is $6.
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Nashville, TN 37203
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