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Architecture Tours at the parthenon


The Nashville Parthenon, originally built for Tennessee's 1897 Centennial Exposition, is a replica of the historic Parthenon in Athens, Greece. Built between 447 and 438 BCE in the Age of Pericles, the Parthenon was dedicated to the city's patron deity, Athena. This magnificent temple would become the largest Doric Greek temple, although it was innovative in that it mixed the two architectural styles of Doric and Ionic.

Our architecture tours focus on the original construction of the Parthenon in Athens, including its innovative architectural techniques and elements. The tours explore the remarkable skill of the Athenians to construct their mighty temple in less than a decade and to work at a level of extraordinary precision without the benefit of modern tools. Additionally, the tours explain the 2,500 year architectural history of the Parthenon as it is set on fire, converted to a Christian church, converted to an Ottoman mosque, shattered by exploding gunpowder and looted for its stunning sculptures.

These tours are free for members of the Conservancy and free with the price of admission for non-Conservancy members.


Camille Engel Art Talk


Join us for on Thursday November 9 at the Parthenon from 5:30 - 7:30 pm for an artist talk with Camille Engel. Engel will discuss the pieces in Her Tennessee Home: Paintings by Camille Engel. Each painting in this exhibition invites the viewer to momentarily step into her world and share in her joy of these subjects. Engel has spent the past two and a half years researching, referencing and creating these contemporary realism, trompe l'oeil, and encaustic paintings that present unique and surprising depictions of Tennessee state symbols such as the state beverage, cultivated and wild flowers, fruit, wild animal, insects, butterfly, gem, reptile, fish and more. This show runs through December 31, 2017.


Celebrating The Tennessee Centennial Exposition

Dine Out + Give Back


Our generous friends at Burger Up are helping us raise funds for Phase 2 of the Centennial Park Revitalization.

Here is how you can help:

Simply visit Burger Up's East Nashville location for lunch or dinner on Tuesday, October 10. They are located at 970 Woodland Street and open from 11 AM - 10 PM.

Burger Up will automatically donate 15% of food sales to the Capital Campaign for the Centennial Park Revitalization.

Dine Out and Give Back. It's that easy!


More than Glitter: Jewelry in Ancient Greece and Etruria


Gold necklaces, earrings, and other jewelry made by ancient goldsmiths still attract attention today. Their expert manufacture, intricate detail, and lavish use of precious metal evoke images of glittering women and men, enriching our understanding of Greek and Etruscan costume. But what do we know about how and when men, women, and even children, used jewelry?

On Tuesday, October 24th, Dr. Alexis Castor, of Franklin and Marshall College, will discuss how people of all ages wore personal ornaments as protective amulets against harm, to show badges of office, to enchant, and to display wealth. Jewelry also served as wearable wealth that could be melted down in times of crisis. This lecture explores ways that jewelry functioned as bridal gifts, heirlooms, and even played a role in espionage. Beyond the shimmer of metal, these ornaments served as a beautiful, practical form of personal wealth.

Dr. Castor is Associate Professor of Classics at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA. She received her MA and PhD in Near Eastern and Classical Archaeology from Bryn Mawr College.

The lecture, which is supported by the Archaeological Institute of America, The Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park, and Vanderbilt University's Department of Classical and Mediterranean Studies, will take place at the Parthenon at 6:00 p.m., with a reception following. Admission is free, but reservations are requested (615-862-8431). Dr. Castor is giving this year's Anita Krause Bader lecture in Mediterranean Archaeology for the AIA's National Lecture Program.