University of Virginia, Charlottesville

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Must see · World heritage site · Architectural Building · Landmark
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. To visit University of Virginia and get the most from your holiday in Charlottesville, create itinerary details personal to you using our Charlottesville holiday maker site.
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  • Walked around the campus as it was something we hadn’t done on previous visits to Charlottesville. The campus is very pretty with a lot of history. A couple buildings were closed. It was interesting.....  more »
  • Convenient to downtown hotels. Beautiful campus to explore and appreciate Thomas Jefferson’s design of this university.  more »
  • 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.
  • Pro: Unmistakably a university. Many nice bricks. Has a piece of the Berlin Wall. I am told the libraries work properly. Con: Seems like it may be controlled by secret societies. No, really, there are too many of them and they leave sinister marks all over campus. No joke here.

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