Arnon Dror is a highly respected Senior Operations Executive. He has an MBA in Finance, which he obtained after completing an MA in Micro Economics. Today, he works as the VP of Finance for the US Channel Group, Xerox. He is a high-level professional living in Portland, Oregon. He obtained his education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and still considers this to be the world’s most fascinating city. Indeed, every February, he returns here to soak up the atmosphere. Here, he shares some of the ancient city’s most amazing sights.
Arnon Dror on Top Sights in Jerusalem
- Haas Promenade or Tayelet, found in the Talpiyot area. It is a stunning open park from which you can see the Mont of Olives and the Judean Desert. It is a lot of fun and offers a lot of modern history.
- Mount Zion, from where you can view the Old and New Cities and see David’s Tomb and the Last Supper. You also have views over Gai-Ben-Hinom Valley.
- Jaffa Gate, which is the Old City. Fascinating tours, such as the Old City Ramparts and the Tower of David tour are organized here. You should also visit the souk, which is a real bazaar but also a tourist market and a spice market.
- The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, found at the Via Dolorosa. Make sure you check it is open first.
- Kotel, the Western Wall, which is what remains of the ancient temple that the Romans destroyed when they sacked Jerusalem in 70AD. This is where you can write a prayer on a note and place it into the cracks. You cannot take photographs if it is the Sabbath, there are separate places for men and women, and there is a dress code.
- The Jewish Quarter, where you really shouldn’t miss the Hurya Synagogue or the Cardo, a recently excavated and restored street.
- Roof top walk. If you really want to see all of Jerusalem, then you should make your way from the Cardo to the roof top of the city, seeing where the north and the south, as well as the east and the west, cross. It is one of the best views in the city.
- Mamilla, a modern street made to look ancient.
- The Montefiore windmill, from which you can see Mount Zion and the Old City.
- Emek Refaim, a great place to unwind and enjoy a coffee or bite to eat.
For Arnon Dror, these are the most beautiful parts of Jerusalem and definitely worth not just a single visit, but repeat visits. Indeed, whenever he returns, he makes a point of seeing these sights, enjoying all that the city has to offer. It is a fascinating place of ancient and modern history that is about so much more than religion. He could not have chosen a better place to go to university and recommends the Hebrew University of Jerusalem to anybody looking to gain an education.