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Mayor declares May 10 as Ryman Auditorium Day

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

It seems like there's a day for everything, and the Ryman Auditorium is getting its very own.

The Batman building may be the most visible icon in the Nashville skyline, but the Ryman has been the heart and soul of the city since 1885.

On this day 125 years ago, Thomas Ryman had a vision and opened up what would eventually become one of country music's most beloved venues.

On Wednesday, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry was on hand to officially recognize May 10 as Ryman Auditorium Day.

The Ryman, known as "The Mother Church of Country Music," has hosted legend after legend. It was the home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 to 1974.

Opry member and music legend Vince Gill says performing there still gives him chills.

"I've played here with a 17-piece band. I've played here by myself. I've played with a bluegrass band. I've played the Opry. I've played Christmas shows with Amy ... It doesn't matter what you throw at this room, it always has that intimacy," Gill said.

The Ryman has just ended a 40-day stint with concerts every single night. In 2016, the venue hosted 560,000 guests.

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