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University of Virginia, Charlottesville

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Architectural Building Educational Site
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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  • As a graduate of UVA, I can only attest to the beautiful grounds, historical ties to Thomas Jefferson, and excellent education. The serpentine walls are exquisite and line various sidewalks. Spring an...  more »
  • The central part of this University and particularly the Rotunda is certainly worth a visit. Beautiful classic buildings in the middle of parks. Founded by Thomas Jefferson, this University, as well as the field of Monticello near Charlottesville enrolled in the UNESCO heritage list.
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  • We wanted to see the old part that Thomas Jefferson designed, and walked all around that part, it's my ideal of how a University should be designed. And don't miss seeing UVA if you visit Charlottesvi...  more »
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  • For anyone with dermatologist appointments this is the best place to go. Thanks to a wonderful staff of doctors and assistants. I recommend this place to everyone.
  • Lara Jean' dream college!! Omaygad I thought it was just a fantasy by Jenny Han, but it was all real and standing. 😭😭 Crying right now cause instead she will go to UNC
  • Pretty nice campus, but I can't speak to the academics.
  • Socialist progressive and SJW heaven where TJ will soon be disavowed.
  • Great hospital! Tons of liver transplants here every year!!!

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Where to stay in Charlottesville

Hotels and inns in Charlottesville's lively downtown area offer proximity to the city's main attractions, but they can be on the expensive side. There are several more inexpensive options located along or near Emmet Street, which is a short drive from the main thoroughfare. Alternatively, immerse yourself in local history by staying at a centuries-old bed and breakfast. Many of these establishments are complete with fine period furnishings.
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