Located in the shadow of the Capitol in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, Bicentennial Capitol Mall gives visitors a taste of Tennessee’s history, natural wonders and serves as a lasting monument to Tennessee’s Bicentennial Celebration, which was June 1, 1996. With just a simple walk in the 11-acre park visitors can experience many facets of Tennessee’s history including a 200-foot granite map of the state, a World War II Memorial, a 95-Bell Carillon, a Pathway of History and the Rivers of Tennessee Fountains. The 11 planters along the Walkway of Counties show native plant species from different regions of the state.
During the urban building boom in downtown Nashville during the late 1950s and early 1960s, the Tennessee State Capitol disappeared from sight on the east, west and south sides. The northern side of the Capitol was not conducive to the construction of skyscrapers due to the swampy conditions that existed in many areas between the Capitol and the Cumberland River. Because of its natural attributes, the historic French Lick that attracted wildlife, Native Americans, trappers and settlers to what would become Nashville also preserved the remaining view of the Capitol and became the home of the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park.
The bells at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park are one of the most popular attractions for visitors. The bells are part of a "Carillon", which means the bells reside in towers and are played with either a keyboard or, in this case, an automated pattern. The bells ring all day between the house of 6:00 AM and 11:00 PM. First, they ring on the quarter hour (example: 1:15) and then play a full Tennessee song at the top of each hour (example: 1:00). Visitors enjoy standing in the midst of the bells when they are ringing and playing for an immersive musical experience.
The park features a 2,000-seat amphitheater that provides dramatic views of the Nashville skyline. Composed of terraced lawns, the amphitheater was designed after the Greek theater at Epidaurus.
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It is thought by some that the placement of the Mall, in addition to all the particular features in the Mall itself, make it a possible crossroads of paths and trods to different dimensions. Others claim that the layout of the Mall links it in design to the legendary Mount Meru.