Sunday, September 27, 2009

Tennessee Parthenon and Kentucky Stonhenge

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Saturday I spent in Nashville before heading to Louisville. Burkley and Newton Allen were determined to make sure I got a blog-worthy shot of a Nashville icon. As we did not know any country music stars, we decided on the Parthenon.

The Parthenon stands proudly as the centerpiece of Centennial Park, Nashville's premier urban park. The re-creation of the 42-foot statue Athena is the focus of the Parthenon just as it was in ancient Greece. The building and the Athena statue are both full-scale replicas of the Athenian originals.

Naturally, we got a shot of me posing with Athena.

We dodged rain drops and enjoyed a crafts fair in the park. I am hauling back a couple of treasures in the CRV.

As I have visited a variety of "Stonhenges" in my adventure (see Foamhenge and America's Stonhenge), a visit to Kentucky Stonehenge seemed appropriate. It is on private property in Munfordville, Kentucky. Though not to scale or an exact replica, it was pretty cool. It was built from stone in the area.

This self portrait missed the most prominent stone formation, but caught the abandoned tennis court on the left. Remind you of anything, Sloane?

I made another stop in my pursuit of the "World's Biggest..." Here is the World's Tallest Crucifix. It stands 60 feet high in the St. Thomas Cemetary in Bardstown, Kentucky. It is an abstract piece meant as a memorial to four priests. Art or Not Art?

Next: My return to Louisville to see my Uncle Ned and cousin Bill Lawrence (and my sister Ellen).


  1. Wow. 9000 miles! How many oil changes have you had so far?

  2. Was the craft fair a step above TaT?

  3. Yes Ted, that does remind me of an abandoned tennis court. Don't know if you can post the photo on the e-mail I just sent you, or if you'll want to.

  4. To answer the queries above: 1. I am changing the oil today in Louisville, at the same place I had it changed when I came to Louisville last time. It will be fun to see the reaction on a quick return.

    Second, Rob, the crafts fair was a definite step up from TaT. But is it Art or Not Art?

    Third, Sloane, I will definitely post your photo in the interest of fairness.

  5. From CW

    Since you like Shakespeare, and I quote loosely from "Much Ado about Nothing, and Michael Keaton's character, the crazy sherrif,

    "Be it recorded" that I recommended the Parthenon...where was your toga?

  6. I'll bite . . . what's with the tennis court allusion, Sloane?

  7. We had an abandoned tennis court on the farm after the tornado os 74.

  8. Our whole family grew up playing on your family's tennis court. We lived in Barbour Manor.

  9. I mention it on the Facebook page I made about growing up in our neighborhood.
    M. Riley Kirn