University of Virginia, Charlottesville
The beautiful campus was very expansive. There seemed to be a steady stream of traffic, we took the free trolly shuttle & it took us through the campus.
Later we walked onto the campus & were impressed by the Jeffersonian architecture. The shops & courtyards were filled with students enjoying the beautiful spring day. In 1826, Jefferson designed the Rotunda based on the Roman Pantheon. We walked into the Rotunda building but we couldn't go inside as there was a class.
On his tombstone, Thomas Jefferson listed his three proudest accomplishments. One was the founding of this university. The cornerstone was laid on October 6, 1817, in the presence of Presidents Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe. The first students were admitted in 1825. One of them was Edgar Allan Poe.
The heart of the University is the Academical Village, designed by Jefferson himself. This is now a UN World Heritage site. The famous Rotunda is one similar to the dome at Monticello, but much larger. It was inspired by the Roman Pantheon. The inside is open the the public during daytime hours.
The University of Virginia, UVa, is the first place you have to go if you're visiting C'ville.
The heart of the Academy Village is The Rotunda, designed by Thomas Jefferson, close to it go for a walk down the Lawn that is framed on either side by the Pavilions where University students live.