Belmont University is a private, coeducational, liberal arts university located in Nashville, Tennessee, United States. A liberal arts education refers to the seven branches of learning: grammar, logic, rhetoric, arithmetic, geometry, music, and astronomy. It is the largest Christian university in Tennessee and the second largest private university in the state, behind nearby Vanderbilt University. Belmont Mansion was the home of Adelicia Hayes Acklen Cheatham, a wealthy Nashville socialite, businesswoman and slave owner. Built starting in 1849, it was one of the most elaborate antebellum homes in the South, with 36 rooms and 19,000 sq ft (1,800 m) in size. The estate contained an art gallery, conservatories, bowling alley, lavish gardens, aviary, lake and a zoo (which was then subsequently opened to the public).
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