City of the dead
Har HaMenuchot, Jerusalem
With burial space running out, Jerusalem’s largest cemetery is expanding beneath the soil. Each of these holes will provide a final resting place for one of the city’s dead, with some 22,000 graves in total in the 1.5km-long tunnel system.
A shortage of burial space is an issue in crowded cities and in regions where religion discourages cremation. This means that engineers are having to come up with innovative solutions.
These hive-like crypts were bored into the rock, 50 metres below the original cemetery. “The deceased will be buried inside the rock, just as they were in Biblical times,” says Arik Glazer, chief executive of Rolzur Tunnelling, the company behind the project’s construction. Visitors will enter the tunnels via elevators, with floors at different levels providing access to the stacked graves, while golf carts will be on hand to transport people around. The company plans to start burials by the end of 2018.