Joy at the Parthenon
Elgin Marbles Room

The Parthenon

For the 1920 Worlds Fair, Nashville built an exact replica of the Parthenon in Athens. Made of limestone, it quickly fell into disrepair. The current building is made of concrete. The exterior and interior faithfully reproduce the original, even using casts of the Elgin marbles and other stonework from the Parthenon in Athens.


Inside is a towering statue of the goddess Athena, patron goddess of Athens, holding a statue of Nike in her hand. The statue of Nike alone is six feet tall. Clothed in gold, with skin of ivory, the statue of Athena was held in awe and worshipped by the people of Athens. This statue is pretty impressive.

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