Navigation

Search

Historical Tours will resume on Wednesday, January 19th at 11:00 am daily.

Rotunda with holiday lights
Rotunda aerial shot with snow
Rotunda with fountain
Rotunda columns
Discussion in Rotunda Dome Room

Homepage - DO NOT DELETE

The Rotunda at the University of Virginia was designed by Thomas Jefferson as the architectural and academic heart of the University’s community of scholars. He named the University’s original buildings the “Academical Village.” As the phrase suggests, the Academical Village is based on the Jeffersonian principle that learning is a lifelong process, and that interaction between faculty and students is vital to the pursuit of knowledge.

Jefferson modeled the Rotunda after the Pantheon, a second-century temple in Rome. Construction began in 1822 and was completed in 1826, shortly after Jefferson’s death on July 4 of that year. Built at a cost of almost $60,000, it was the last structure to be finished on the Lawn. Together with Monticello, the Academical Village is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Hours of Operation

Historical Tours will resume on Wednesday, January 19th at 11:00 a.m.

The Rotunda is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Historical Tours:  Regular historical tours are offered at 11 a.m. every day during the academic year (except home football game days) and leave from the Rotunda's Lower East Oval Room. Tours are free of charge.

Student Study Hours: During fall and spring semesters the Rotunda is open to students for studying from 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday - Tuesday, and until midnight during exams.

For more information about visiting the Rotunda, please call 434-924-7969.

 

In the News

Public Events


"This institution will be based on the illimitable freedom of the human mind.  For here we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it."

-Thomas Jefferson, 1820