I spent many years coming in and out of the Hebrew University Mount Scopus campus, and never really appreciated it much. It was only earlier this year that I had the chance to come back and visit after many years being away and roam around a bit, experiencing nostalgia, and even being able to enjoy its quirkiness.
No doubt, that campus is a catastrophe. Whoever designed this was a sadist, and one of the things we liked to complain about the most was just how horrible this campus was. I guess it was a campus very much built in the spirit of its time, a time in which Israel was still struggling, especially with the location of this campus, being to the north-east and surrounded by mostly Arab population neighborhoods. Though there’s no excuse for ugly useless buildings, the views in the campus, and some of the old parts with the Jerusalem stone buildings somewhat make up for it. Together with the green and colors, even in the freezing winter, made for an especially interesting contrast. And it seems like the newer buildings erected since I attended, were not as horrible.
To share a bit of the good old HUJI campus, I give you my photo walk summary of my visit to the Hebrew University Mount Scopus Jerusalem Israel campus…