Mississauga Chiropractor Presents: The Parthenon-Nashville Tennessee

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Here`s another blog from a Chiropractor in Mississauga…

On Friday April 27, 2012, Maria and I visited the Parthenon in Centennial Park, Nashville Tennessee.  This was going to be the starting area for the Nashville Rock & Roll Country Music Marathon, so we wanted to check it out before the race.

The city of Nashvillefirst undertook the construction of a full-scale replica of the Parthenon for the 1897 Tennessee Centennial and International Exposition.  Many cities and states, major industries and other interest groups also built pavilions for the celebration.  Nashville’s Parthenon was constructed of brick, wood lath and plaster (rather than the original’s marble), and this pavilion represented the city’s reputation as the “Athens of the South”.

The Parthenon housed the art exhibition, which consisted of 1,172 pieces from all over the world.  The building was so popular, that the city left the temporary structure standing after the Exhibition was over.  In 1920, faced with crumbling pediments and decaying plaster, the city authorized the reconstruction of the landmark with permanent material.

Rather than rebuilding the structure exactly as it appeared in the Exposition, the city decided to create a complete replica of the original Greek temple, both inside and out.  What has been the basement of the 1897 Parthenon, became a gallery space in order to continue the Nashville Parthenon`s history of exhibiting fine art.

On May 21, 1931, the Parthenon reopened to the public attracting over 10,000 visitors from 46 states and 12 foreign countries during its first month.

On the top floor of the Parthenon stands a 42’ 10” tall statue of Athena, the goddess of wisdom who was the patron deity of the city of Athens.  The original statue (now lost), was created by Pheidias in the 5 century B.C.E, make of ivory and plates of gold fixed to a wooden frame.  Perched in Athena’s right hand is a 6’ 4” tall statue of Nike, the goddess of victory.

Overall, visiting the Parthenon was quite an experience.  I would definitely recommend visiting it when you are in Nashville, Tennessee.  Just another day in the Life of a Mississauga Chiropractor.

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