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University of Virginia Rotunda Tour
Ranked #20 of 26 Tours in Charlottesville
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Reviewed 22 July 2014

Well worth the tour. The Rotunda library is amazing and the tour group is well educated! Make sure you get to see the dorm rooms too on the commons.

1  Thank doppenheimer
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

The tour is very informative. Definitely learn the history of the Rotunda and explore Jefferson’s design philosophy. However the Rotunda is closed for renovation starting May 19, 2014 through Summer 2016.

2  Thank Rapallo
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Reviewed 5 December 2013

Very interesting building - worth a visit. We were in two minds about going to the rotunda - we're British and are surrounded by old universities Edinburgh / Oxford etc - still worth a visit!

1  Thank Donald F
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Reviewed 13 October 2013

If you go to Monticello than you have to visit the University of Virginia too. What you will learn about Jefferson in regards to books or architecture or other matters is visible in both attractions. Aside from Jefferson, the buildings of the University are beautiful and impressive. Both outside and in the Rotunda. I did the tour guide with a passionate and friendly student.

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Reviewed 4 August 2013 via mobile

[before I start: if you are staying at the Cavalier Inn, leave your car there and it's just a 10-minute walk.]

We capped our day in Charlottesville with a tour of the Rotunda led by a University student. The building is wonderful in itself, but it really helped in this case to have someone give history on it, satisfying both the potentially incoming students as well as the Mr. Guidebooks of the crowd (ahem).

You'll hear stories about Jefferson's exacting amateur architectural details, his portraits on display which range from the majestic to the quizzical, and the buildings of the Lawn in both his conception all layout as well as how they function in the modern day. All of these and much more!

Perhaps the greatest insight I picked up was that the Rotunda was the centerpiece of the grounds, and tellingly it was a library. This stood apart from basically every other university up to that time, which focused on a church.

Photos of the Rotunda don't do it much justice in my mind, so I doubt I'll post any of my awful ones. But that just makes it more breathtaking (I'm serious) when you walk into the top floor.

Don't leave town with just Monticello - you don't get the full picture until you've wandered around here. And did I mention it's free? Though you'll want to leave a donation at the gathering area, which is on the hour most days of the year (check the website). The tour is a little over 30 minutes.

3  Thank ScottInPTC-GA
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