Nashville and Athens

Probably the most unusual and unexpected sight in Nashville is the Parthenon, a full-size exact copy of the original Greek Parthenon in Athens. Nashville built its version in 1897 to celebrate Tennessee’s 100-year anniversary as a state. Long before 1897, Nashville was called the “Athens of the South” because of its focus on education. Even then Nashville had many universities, and was the first city in the South to create a public school system.
The Nashville Parthenon
The Parthenon is now an art museum. The most dramatic exhibit, just as in the ancient Greek Parthenon, is a statue of the Greek goddess Athena. It’s almost 43 feet (13 m) tall -- the tallest indoor statue in the U.S.
The Greek goddess Athena in the Nashville Parthenon
We amused ourselves for part of a day by driving around the most fashionable and expensive neighborhoods looking at the outsides of music stars’ homes. Here is one example – Kenny Chesney. The Country Music Association named him “Entertainer of the Year” in 2004, 2006, 2007, and 2008. And he was briefly married to actress Renee Zellweger in 2005.
The home of Kenny Chesney, one of the many stars' houses in the Nashville area
Nashville’s “Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum” is a truly wonderful museum that uses great exhibits combined with audio and video materials to explain the entire history of country music. It’s another “must see” in Nashville.
Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Museum exhibits