Four dollars a senior (62+), gets you into this amazing place. Your ticket buys you unlimited time to wander through a modern art gallery, read all about Greek mythology, the symbols that represent the history of Greece, and the history of the Tennessee Centennial Exposition, which was an amazing event back in 1897. It drew over a million visitors in six months time!
Nashville built a whole mini city around the exposition event and celebrated the technological progress of the times during the Exposition. They even incorporated the exposition separate from Nashville which was dry at the time so they could serve alcohol! They called it "Centennial City". They had cool amusement rides...They had unusual dining facilities. One place, called the Cafe of Night and Morning, had live action scenes from Dante's Inferno. Diners sat at tables made from real coffins and overhead there were chandeliers made from skulls and crossbones. Sounds pretty macabre...
There were several buildings in addition to the Parthenon. They were built to last for about six months the exposition was open, and the replica of the Parthenon was one of the biggest hits. So big, that when the exposition ended, they reconstructed the building in 1920 of more permanent concrete material and it stands today..Check this out....Cool sculptures lining both sides of the massive interior hall...
You can read all about the sculptors who recreated the friezes on each end of the building...
Another cool place to see! You guys find the best places to explore :)ReplyDelete
It sure is a nice site to see. it was being renovated a bit on the putside when we were there, but definately a worthwhile visit.ReplyDelete
this is why I read blogs written by other RV'ers. . .to find out about cool stuff like this. I'm copying this page to my Evernote file, so will remember to check it out it I ever make it back through Nashville. . .thanks!ReplyDelete
you are welcome!Delete
Well, that's certainly a heckofa sight cheaper than flying off to Greece. That one is in better shape too.ReplyDelete
We have an Athena holding Nike here in Vienna as well, out in front of the parliament building. And yes, that's where Nike (the company) got that whole idea.