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Monticello and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 1769-1826
Date of Inscription: 1987
Location: North America, United States of America, Virginia
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Description: Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826), the third president of the United States who wrote the American Declaration of Independence, was also a gifted architect of neoclassical buildings. He was the designer of Monticello (1769–1809), his plantation home, and his ideal 'academical village' (1817–26), which even now stands as the nucleus of the University of Virginia. Jefferson's utilization of an architectural vocabulary rooted in classical antiquity represents both the ambitions of the new American republic as the successor of European tradition as well as the predictable cultural experimentation of a maturing country. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  Monticello, located near Charlottesville, Virginia, was the estate of Thomas Jefferson, the principal author of the United States Declaration of Independence, the third President of the United States, and founder of the University of Virginia. The house is of Jefferson's own design and is situated on the summit of an 850-foot-high peak in the Southwest Mountains south of the Rivanna Gap. Monticello, is Italian for "little mountain.". --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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