Finding Monticello

Before he went to Europe, Jefferson had built a house called Monticello, but it was boxy and domeless, nothing like the one you can see today. Hardly nickel-worthy. In Europe, he discovered a neoclassical style of architecture that he would bring back and adapt. I follow his guide to see some of his favorite buildings up close in both France and Italy. Nothing prepares us, though, for the hair-raising drive to the top of Jefferson’s favorite source for marble, the famed quarry of Carrara.

The Roman Theater of Orange, France
The Roman Theater of Orange, France

Jefferson was worried that they were tearing parts of it down and reusing the stone...but it survives.

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No one seems to mind when we stage a bit of light improv.

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The Roman Theater of Orange, France
The Roman Theater of Orange, France

Jefferson was worried that they were tearing parts of it down and reusing the stone...but it survives.

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