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Athena stands 42 feet tall, towering above all who enter her temple through seven-ton bronze doors. Daughter of Zeus and patron goddess of wisdom and arts, her presence amidst Nashville's university and arts communities is appropriate. Other classical and modern works of art surround Athena. Her Parthenon and grounds, Centennial Park, are favorite spots for visitors to stroll or relax after a long day of site seeing.
It is fitting that the "Athens of the South" is home to the world's only full-size replica of the ancient Parthenon. Forty-six Doric columns encircle the building. The largest bronze doors in the world, weighing 7.5 tons each, stand at the East and West entrances. Featured is Athena Parthenos, the tallest indoor sculpture in the Western world. Sculptures and friezes are modeled from Elgin Marbles at the British Museum in London. There are also four art galleries. While the prices are reasonable, you can avail discounts for groups of ten or more with a reservation.
The quiet city of Nashville loves the tranquil aura that radiates from its Centennial Park. A perfect retreat for avid nature lovers, the park offers a wide range of entertainment and relaxation options for one and all. Take a calming walk in the park, attend cultural events and local fairs, picnic with family and friends or simply lounge around the sprawling green land. Admire the beauty of Lake Watauga or simply enjoy the splendor of the rose arbor. The Parthenon replicates the structure of the ancient citadel right in the heart of the park.The park is famous for its TACA Fall Crafts Fair, which is a fantastic outdoor event that showcases and sells the work of American fine craft artists at the park. You can also buy souvenirs for your loved ones at the park as you discover unusual visual treasures.
Be intrigued by some of the best contemporary art in Nashville at this university center that features works by student, regional, and national artists in ten exhibits a year. The art is some of the least commercial one can find in Nashville. It is often eye-catching and related to various topics and themes. The display area is small but open and lends itself to eye-catching presentations that entice those passing by to stop and look. Admission: Free.
Cathedral of the Incarnation is the Catholic cathedral for the Diocese of Tennessee and presided over by the current Catholic bishop of the diocese. This historic building is over 100 years old and structured as a typical Roman basilica with various additions and changes added over the decades. Catholic educational formation classes are available on Sundays and throughout the week according to the church's calendar. The cathedral operates the Cathedral Day School as well as a variety of outreach ministries including partnerships for service to the homeless, pro-life missions, and counseling services. -Lynn-nore Chittom
If you want to learn about brewing and distillery process, a visit to the Corsair Artisan Distillery & Taproom is a must. Here, you can tour the entire space and learn about the diverse equipment and methods used in a brewery. Along with that, you can also enjoy tastings at its on-site tap room. For more details, check website or call ahead.
This landmark was once home to Adelicia Acklen, one of the wealthiest women in 19th century America. Built in 1850 in the style of an Italian villa, it was originally intended to be the summer home of the Acklens. The personally guided tour, showcases a variety of original furnishings of the period as well as Mrs. Acklen's valuable, one-of-a-kind collection of artwork and statues.
Trinity Music City USA covers more than 30 acres in northern Hendersonville and includes a worship center, a Christian bookstore, an outdoor café, the Tennessee headquarters of Trinity Broadcast Network, and the former estate of legendary country musician Conway Twitty. Throughout the year, Trinity Music City hosts a variety of special Christian concerts and speaking events as well as regular worship services. From November to January, Trinity Music City explodes each evening into brilliant light with an extravagant display of more than a million Christmas lights. Visitors are able to drive through the complex and take in the beautiful light show. - Lynn-nore Chittom
The city of Nashville boasts a unique and singular character that sets it apart from the other cities and towns in the United States. One of the reasons for this distinction is that the city's neighborhoods and areas are rooted deep in history and heritage. The Hillsboro Village, located a few miles southwest of the downtown area, is one such neighborhood that contributes immensely to the city's charm. The neighborhood started as a streetcar suburb, and gradually establishments like theaters, shops, restaurants, bars and more started sprouting up, increasing its popularity as an entertainment spot in the city. The attractions here are best discovered by foot, as the neighborhood is one of the most pedestrian-friendly areas in the city. The Hillsboro Village is also the venue for a plethora of community events, so plan a trip here when visiting Nashville.
This 19-acre (7.69 hectares) park was built in 1996 to commemorate Tennessee's 200 years of statehood. Bicentennial Mall State Park provides wonderful views of the city and features a 200-feet (60.96 meters) granite map of Tennessee, which is bordered by thirty-one fountains that represent all of the state's rivers. There is also a massive granite time-line documenting Tennessee's history, a 2,000-seat amphitheater, botanical garden, and visitor center. Restrooms, a gift shop and restaurants are adjacent to the park.
The Frist Center for the Visual Arts is a wonderful place for art lovers. The center educates visitors on art and hopes it will bring about an interest in the community on the subject. The architecture is beautiful and the interiors and decor lend the space a very upscale elite ambiance and it frequently hosts art exhibitions. At the Frist Center, there is also a fabulous gift shop, where one can purchase memorabilia and other items and an excellent cafe where one can savor some delightful dishes and sip on coffee. Admission is free for students who are 18 and below.
A commanding presence atop a hill in downtown Nashville, this is an outstanding example of Greek Revival architecture. Built in the mid 1800's by noted architect William Strickland, this is a must-see for history buffs. The building is one of only ten capitols in the United States without a dome. Several areas, including the library and government chambers, have been restored to their 19th-century appearance. For a spectacular view of the city, be sure to stand outside the building during the early evening hours. On weekdays, the staff offers guided tours on the hour.