Located in the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains, the University of Virginia’s students have received a world-renowned education since its completion in 1819.
Thomas Jefferson wanted to create a secular university to educate the next generation of American statesmen and civil leaders, so he planned the University of Virginia to meet these goals. He established the first university in the country to offer astronomy, architecture, botany, philosophy, and political science. Unlike previous universities, Jefferson’s vision for the University of Virginia did include an alliance with a religious doctrine. To make his point, he made the Rotunda the major focus of the university’s grounds whereas most schools centered on a church.
Jefferson designed The Rotunda, which he situated on The Lawn. He drew the inspiration for its design from Rome’s Pantheon. He never saw its completion because work did not finish on The Rotunda until after his death in 1826. It has inspired similar domes across the country.
In 1895, the Great Rotunda Fire caused massive damage that required extensive renovation. During the fire, University of Virginia students saved a life-sized statue of Jefferson and some of the books and scientific instruments.
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