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Location Albemarle County, near Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
Coordinates 38°00′37.01″N 78°27′08.28″W / 38.0102806°N 78.4523°W / 38.0102806; -78.4523Coordinates: 38°00′37.01″N 78°27′08.28″W / 38.0102806°N 78.4523°W / 38.0102806; -78.4523
Built 1772
Architect Thomas Jefferson
Architectural style(s) Neoclassical, Palladian
Governing body The Thomas Jefferson Foundation (TJF)
Official name: Monticello and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville
Type Cultural
Criteria i, iv, vi
Designated 1987 (11th session)
Reference No. 442
Region Europe and North America
Designated October 15, 1966[1]
Reference No. 66000826
Designated December 19, 1960[2]
Invalid designation
Designated September 9, 1969[3]
Reference No. 002-0050
Monticello is located in Virginia
Location of Monticello in Virginia

Monticello was the home of President Thomas Jefferson. It is near Charlottesville, Virginia. It is now a National Historic Landmark.

It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.[4]

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Jefferson designed the house based on the principles of Andrea Palladio. Construction began in 1768. Jefferson moved in two years later. He remodelled the house after picking up ideas in Europe. The house is located on a peak in the Southwest Mountains. Its name is Italian for "Little Mountain". Slave quarters were located 300 feet south of the house on Mulberry Row. These quarters were occupied by slaves working in the house. The slaves working in the fields lived in another place. A cabin on Mulberry Row was once the home of Sally Hemings. She was a slave who had a long relationship with Jefferson after his wife died. She gave birth to six of his children. An image of the house has appeared on the United States nickel and on the two-dollar bill. Monticello became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. It has been owned and operated by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation since 1923.

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West Front of Monticello

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