Top Landmarks in Nashville

Nashville, the capital of Tennessee, is known for its museums, country music, and southern hospitality. It’s also home to a number of striking buildings and landmarks, making it an interesting city to explore. Below are just a few:

Ryman Auditorium, The 2362-seat auditorium, built in 1892, is best known as the home of the “Grand Ole Opry” from 1943 to 1974 and of country music shows, such as “The Johnny Cash Show.” Virtually all late-20th century country music stars played the Ryman. The venue, now a National Historic Landmark, still hosts the Opry during the winter months as well as a full schedule of concerts and events.

Parthenon, Located in Nashville’s Centennial Park, just west of downtown, is a full replica of Parthenon in Athens. The classic Greek structure was built as a temporary exhibit hall for the city’s Centennial Exposition in 1897 and later fortified as a permanent building. Today, Nashville’s Parthenon is home to an art museum, the highlight of which is a statue of the goddess Athena, said to be the largest indoor statue in the Western world.

The Hermitage, Nashville was home to the United States’ seventh president, Andrew Jackson. Jackson’s estate, The Hermitage, was his home periodically from 1804 to 1845. Today, the property, located 12 miles from downtown Nashville, is a National Historic Landmark and visitors can tour the two-story, eight-room, red brick home as well as the gardens and grounds. Jackson and his wife, Rachel are also buried on the property. It is the fourth most visited presidential residence in the United States (after the White House, Mt. Vernon, and Monticello).