Dura is a large and lively town located 11km southwest of Hebron, in the southern West Bank. Its central streets are a hive of activity, with shops, restaurants and various businesses all lining the roads, while there is also a shaded market section.
The alleged tomb of the prophet Noah (he of Ark fame) is located in Dura, in a beautiful site next to a historic school and a martyrs’ graveyard. There is also an Old Town with a motley collection of beautiful, historic stone houses on a hill, all in varying degrees of disrepair.
The first mayor of Dura, Mahmoud Nammoura, still lives in the town, where he works writing history books. Now an old man, he will always be willing to help visitors to the town, and every taxi driver worth his salt knows where to find him.