Thursday, November 03, 2016

Parthenon, TN

Nashville is amazing. We really enjoyed it and can't wait to go back. This time, without Rylie! (Is this what it's like to have kids? haha) But, we got to spend some time with a friend and we even got to enjoy the nightlife.

The Parthenon stands proudly as the centerpiece of Centennial Park, Nashville's premier urban park. The re-creation of the 42-foot statue Athena is the focus of the Parthenon just as it was in ancient Greece. The building and the Athena statue are both full-scale replicas of the Athenian originals.

Originally built for Tennessee's 1897 Centennial Exposition, this replica of the Parthenon in Athens, Greece serves as a monument to what is considered the pinnacle of classical architecture. The plaster replicas of the Parthenon Marbles found in the Naos are direct casts of the original sculptures, which adorned the pediments of the Athenian Parthenon dating back to 438 B.C. The originals of these powerful fragments are housed in the British Museum in London.

The Parthenon also serves as Nashville's art museum. The focus of the Parthenon's permanent collection is a group of 63 paintings by 19th and 20th century American artists donated by James M. Cowan. Additional gallery spaces provide a venue for a variety of temporary shows and exhibits.

Instead of going inside, we decided to walk around, since we had Rylie with us. The weather wasn't cooperating with us and we had plans to meet up with a friend, so we decided to skip it. I just wanted to see if Wahalla was better. They are both equally impressive in my opinion. I've seen the original in Athens, but it was nice to see a fully built replica! 

Since we stuck around we found a little food truck festival, complete with music and booths to check out. It reminded us of Germany!

We ended up eating at a BBQ place, it was named the best BBQ in Nashville in 2014. It wasn't too bad, I love Southern cooking. It's not the same here in Colorado.

Overall we had a great day. It was nice to be able to do something with Rylie and something where we could stretch our legs. Centennial Park is the perfect place if you have little ones, with or without fur!  

GPS: 2500 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203
Hours: Tuesday–Saturday, 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Sunday, 12:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
Closed Monday.
Cost: Adults $6.00 | Children (4-17) $4.00 | Seniors (over 62) $4.00