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Massive Modern Catacombs Set to Open in Jerusalem

Massive Modern Catacombs Set to Open in Jerusalem

Thursday, 29 August 2019 02:39 AM

JERUSALEM (AP) — Workers are completing three years of labor on a massive subterranean necropolis under a mountain just outside Jerusalem. It's comprised of one mile, or about 1.5 kilometers, of tunnels with sepulchers for interring the dead.

Up above, the Har Hamenuchot Cemetery dominates hillsides above the highway leading into Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

In October, the cemetery's management plans to open the first section of a sprawling catacomb complex which, once completed, will provide 23,000 gravesites for an increasingly crowded country.

Land is in short supply in Israel, and Jewish and Muslim burial customs require interring the dead in the ground and prohibit cremation.

Arik Glazer of Rolzur Tunneling, the company building the tunnel tombs, says that "people will die probably forever ... so you have to get space for that."

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Workers are completing three years of labor on a massive subterranean necropolis under a mountain just outside Jerusalem. It's comprised of one mile, or about 1.5 kilometers, of tunnels with sepulchers for interring the dead.Up above, the Har Hamenuchot Cemetery dominates...
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