The Ryman Auditorium also known as “The Mother Church of Country Music” is a converted church that was the original venue of the Grand Ole Opry radio show. Open since 1892 and located right in the heart of downtown, the Ryman is one of Nashville's most iconic places. From Hank Williams to Louie Armstrong and beyond there's a long list of legends that have at one time or another taken the Ryman's stage. The Ryman is still one of Nashville's most popular venues hosting live shows nearly seven nights a week. Seeing a concert here is like having a religious experience.