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University of Virginia, Charlottesville

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University of Virginia is a renowned center of learning--as well as a prime example of Jeffersonian architecture. The university's layout is a result of Thomas Jefferson's plan to design a stimulating environment for contemplation and intellectual exchange. All the famous parts, such as the Lawn, the Gardens, and the Range, serve this purpose. The centerpiece of the university is the Rotunda, inspired by the Roman Pantheon; it originally housed the university library. Subsequent extensions were carefully made to match Jefferson's original design. Walking tours are available, but you should make an online reservation ahead of time. Make University of Virginia a part of your Charlottesville vacation plans using our Charlottesville itinerary planner.
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  • When Thomas Jefferson designed the Rotunda it was for student use, every day! It was the library and study center. When I was a student in the seventies, the Rotunda was usually locked up and only use...  more »
  • We wanted to see the buildings and general layout of the University after being so impressed with Monticello. Jefferson's plans for the University were obvious and impressive. It was a great visit eve...  more »
  • Walking around UVA is very accessible, and it's got a very pretty campus. You can explore a lot on your own, but I recommend trying to find a guide if at all possible to gain a better historical persp...  more »
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  • I arrived in time for the pm Historical tour. I had driven 2.5 hours to reach this destination. Upon arival, I was told that the tour had been cancelled. I pointed out that it was advertised on their website. They told me, we know, but it got discontinued a few months ago. !! Do not beleive what is on the website! If you are short on time, skip this destination. Direct yourself to Monticello, where your time will not be waisted.
  • A very beautiful campus. Colonial style buildings
  • Very nice school. Great professors and students. A one of a kind school in America.
  • I got a terrific tour, I loved the campus, it was quite quiet and clean.
  • One of the most beautiful architectures in the country. I have lived here most of my and it never grows old.