3. Nashville’s Parthenon is Better Than the Original
Athens, schmathens. There’s a full scale replica of the Greek capital’s Parthenon right in the center of Music City, Tennessee. This one’s not in ruins, which gives you a great sense of what the real Parthenon looked like way back when. While it’s not as old as the Greek original (built around 447 BC), it still has some historical pedigree having been built in 1887 – quite ancient by American standards. The classical structure with 46 columns was built to precise mathematical and geometrical specifications according to classical Greek design. An enormous statue of the goddess Athena is housed inside, just like the one in ancient Greece did before the Romans took it. Originally built for an exposition, the Parthenon in Centennial Park now serves as an art museum in the city known as the “Athens of the South”.