Published On: Mon, May 25th, 2015

Jerusalem Adds Catacombs to Make More Room for Graves

“We need our land for the living and not for the dead."

Jerusalem Mount Olives cemetery

Jerusalem is running out of space for graves.

So an Israeli burial organization has teamed with a cutting-edge construction firm to bore deep under a mountain here to create a vast underground necropolis — with ­elevators.

The first phase of the new subterranean city of the dead will include 22, 000 crypts, arranged floor to ceiling in three tiers, in a network of intersecting tunnels now being dug through the rocky clay soil beneath Jerusalem’s largest cemetery…


By William Booth and Ruth Eglash

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