|UNESCO #442 - Monticelo - VIRGINIA - USA|
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Monticello - VA - USA - UNESCO #442
Monticello was the home of Thomas Jefferson, one of the foundinf fathers and the 3rd President of the United States. He designed this building and in its interior several of his inventions are displayed as well as a great collection of old books (some unique). Thank you so much Clarajane, not only for the berautiful postcard but also for the amazing vintage stamps (20 cents with Monticello and 3 cents with Thomas Jefferson) you glued on the back, it makes the postcard much more valuable to me. My collection reaches 280 diferente sites (only 701 to finish). This postcard took 6 days to arrive!
Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826), author of the American Declaration of Independence and third president of the United States, was also a talented architect of neoclassical buildings. He designed Monticello (1769–1809), his plantation home, and his ideal 'academical village' (1817–26), which is still the heart of the University of Virginia. Jefferson's use of an architectural vocabulary based upon classical antiquity symbolizes both the aspirations of the new American republic as the inheritor of European tradition and the cultural experimentation that could be expected as the country matured.