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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

University of Virginia & The Rotunda

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I have been trying to talk Nick into taking me to see the Rotunda ever since we moved here....FINALLY I get to see it....

And then this happens....
That's right...reconstruction...just my luck...sigh
It's like it's in jail....
Oh well, will just have to make do with a picture of the picture of the Rotunda...
So anyways, The Rotunda was designed by Thomas Jefferson to represent the "authority of nature and power of reason" and was inspired by the Pantheon in Rome. Construction began in 1822 and was completed in 1826, after his death. The grounds of the new university were unique in that they surrounded a library housed in the Rotunda rather than a church, as was common at other universities in the English-speaking world. The Rotunda is seen as a lasting symbol of Jefferson's belief in the separation of church and education, as well as his lifelong dedication to both education and architecture. (taken from Wikipedia)

So long UVA...we'll be back in 2016 when all this reconstruction will be finished...supposedly...you know how that goes!

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21 comments:

  1. I'm sorry that was happening when you went to visit. UVA is a beautiful campus, but it certainly sprawls.

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  2. Goodness. I saw it and walked among the arches before you? Amazing. So close; yet so far.

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  3. Thanks for bringing us too, it is a grand old place. How fun.

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  4. You got good pictures even though they are reconstructing. I did not know about Thomas Jefferson, good research!

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  5. I like! Especially the part about Jefferson and separation of church and state! Where is he now when we really need him? :)

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  6. Next time. It is an impressive structure.

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  7. I am so sorry! You finally get to go, and they are renovating it! Bummer! It's so beautiful! I love Virginia history so much, because it is our Nation's history!

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  8. Yep, those renovations have been going on for some time now. I remember them from my last visit several months ago.

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  9. It will be gorgeous when finished!

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  10. I've always had a fondness for Jefferson. And this beauty confirms it.

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  11. An impressive and beautiful building!

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  12. A beautiful building with a professional edge. Thanks for the history on this!

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  13. That does happen, doesn't it? You always have to leave something undone so you can visit again. (And, yes, an interesting coincidence that we both have the Pantheon directly or indirectly on our blogs today.)

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  14. That's a gorgeous campus! Greg and I visited there a few years ago and enjoyed it a lot. Thomas Jefferson sure was something!

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  15. Sorry you didn't get to see it after making the journey. We have something to look forward to next year!

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