Ryman Auditorium

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Ryman Auditorium

The Ryman Auditorium is located in downtown Nashville . It is one of the cult sites of country music and was home to the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 to 1974 .


Built at the end of the 19th century by Thomas Green Ryman as a 6000-seat church, it soon served as a platform for concerts and political events. From 1943 on, the WSM radio station broadcast the legendary Grand Ole Opry Show to all American households every Saturday . The church building, which was hardly renovated, provided a suitable background for the traditional music performances.

In 1974 the Grand Old Opry moved into a newly built concert hall. The Ryman then stood empty for many years and was reopened in 1994. Leading country musicians regularly perform here. Even the Grand Ole Opry returned for a few weeks. The Ryman Auditorium with the attached museum is one of the most important tourist attractions in Nashville today.

The Ryman Auditorium has been listed as a building on the National Register of Historic Places since May 1971 . The building has been a National Historic Landmark since January .

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Ryman Auditorium on the National Register of Historic Places , accessed February 21, 2020.
  2. Listing of National Historic Landmarks by State: Tennessee. National Park Service , accessed February 21, 2020.

Coordinates: 36 ° 9 ′ 40 "  N , 86 ° 46 ′ 43"  W.