Advertisements
A builder points to different cemeteries built in the & # 39; underground city & # 39; at the Har Hamenuchot Cemetery in the Givat Shaul district of Jerusalem, Israel
Advertisements

These fascinating photographs provide an insight into Jerusalem's new underground cemetery, complete with elevators, motorized carts, and even a museum in an effort to alleviate the serious crisis in Israel.

The construction of the ambitious project at Har Hamenuchot Cemetery in the Givat Shaul district is almost complete, with 8,000 cemeteries opening in the fall.

The idea came about because the country's plot deficit showed no signs of decline and a funeral society acted on an idea that it claimed to have considered over the past 25 years.

The underground crypts give a modern twist to a practice that is popular in ancient societies and have intersecting tunnels that can accommodate 23,000 plots and have a museum of cemeteries.

Advertisements

A builder points to different cemeteries built in the & # 39; underground city & # 39; at the Har Hamenuchot Cemetery in the Givat Shaul district of Jerusalem, Israel

A builder points to different cemeteries built in the & # 39; underground city & # 39; at the Har Hamenuchot Cemetery in the Givat Shaul district of Jerusalem, Israel

The underground crypts feature intersecting tunnels, pictured, which will house 23,000 plots and have a museum about funerals when completed

The underground crypts feature intersecting tunnels, pictured, which will house 23,000 plots and have a museum about funerals when completed

The underground crypts feature intersecting tunnels, pictured, which will house 23,000 plots and have a museum about funerals when completed

The £ 69 million project, pictured, is expected to become operational in October 2019 and will provide a solution to reduce real estate for Jewish burial in the city

The £ 69 million project, pictured, is expected to become operational in October 2019 and will provide a solution to reduce real estate for Jewish burial in the city

Advertisements

The £ 69 million project, pictured, is expected to become operational in October 2019 and will provide a solution to reduce real estate for Jewish burial in the city

The project cost 300 million shekel (£ 69 million) and was built in collaboration with a private company called Rolzur because the government did not provide financial support.

Hananya Shahor, executive director of Kehillat Yerushalayim Hevra Kadisha (the funeral society of the country), spread the payments over a decade.

The income was generated by the presale of cemeteries, mostly to overseas Jews, while it will be free for Israelis and covered by their insurance.

Speaking of the cemetery, he told the Israeli newspaper Haaretz: & # 39; We have been thinking about maintenance for years. The materials are simple. We have built sturdy buildings with a view to future generations. & # 39;

The cemeteries, shown under construction, were built in collaboration with a private company called Rolzur, because the government did not provide financial support
Advertisements

The cemeteries, shown under construction, were built in collaboration with a private company called Rolzur, because the government did not provide financial support

The cemeteries, shown under construction, were built in collaboration with a private company called Rolzur, because the government did not provide financial support

A man with a helmet and a bright orange hi vis vest walks in front of the cemeteries that are stacked on top of each other in sets of four for each level

A man with a helmet and a bright orange hi vis vest walks in front of the cemeteries that are stacked on top of each other in sets of four for each level

A man with a helmet and a bright orange hi vis vest walks in front of the cemeteries that are stacked on top of each other in sets of four for each level

A builder is putting the finishing touches to the underground cemetery. Har Hamenuchot, built on top of a mountain, was built in 1951 and has continued to expand into the largest burial ground in the country

A builder is putting the finishing touches to the underground cemetery. Har Hamenuchot, built on top of a mountain, was built in 1951 and has continued to expand into the largest burial ground in the country

Advertisements

A builder is putting the finishing touches to the underground cemetery. Har Hamenuchot, built on top of a mountain, was built in 1951 and has continued to expand into the largest burial ground in the country

Architect Zafrir Ganani of Peleg Architects, the company that designed the project, compares the cemetery with & # 39; a grid of streets such as Manhattan. It is really an underground city. The central shaft that is designed for ventilation is almost like a burial tower. & # 39;

Har Hamenuchot, built on the top of a mountain, was built in 1951 and has constantly expanded into the largest burial ground in the country.

Prior to its establishment, the Mount of Olives in the eastern part of the country was the country's most important burial ground.

Such a need for space to bury his dead, Israel leads the way with vertical solutions and proponents of the crypt being built in Har HaMenuchot say the space offered offers endless possibilities.

Architect Zafrir Ganani of Peleg Architects, the company that designed the building, pictured, compares the cemetery with & # 39; a grid of streets such as Manhattan. It really is an underground city & # 39;
Advertisements

Architect Zafrir Ganani of Peleg Architects, the company that designed the building, pictured, compares the cemetery with & # 39; a grid of streets such as Manhattan. It really is an underground city & # 39;

Architect Zafrir Ganani of Peleg Architects, the company that designed the building, pictured, compares the cemetery with & # 39; a grid of streets such as Manhattan. It really is an underground city & # 39;

Small lights have been placed in the ceiling throughout the cemetery to produce two different types of light. With two surfaces, the illustrated lights offer an intimate reading shadow and a stronger shadow to mark the central spaces

Small lights have been placed in the ceiling throughout the cemetery to produce two different types of light. With two surfaces, the illustrated lights offer an intimate reading shadow and a stronger shadow to mark the central spaces

Small lights have been placed in the ceiling throughout the cemetery to produce two different types of light. With two surfaces, the illustrated lights offer an intimate reading shadow and a stronger shadow to mark the central spaces

The intersections in the underground cemetery are marked by beautiful, large, red and orange glass balls, depicted, designed by a German artist

The intersections in the underground cemetery are marked by beautiful, large, red and orange glass balls, depicted, designed by a German artist

The intersections in the underground cemetery are marked by beautiful, large, red and orange glass balls, depicted, designed by a German artist
Advertisements

The intersections in the underground cemetery are marked by beautiful, large, red and orange glass balls, depicted, designed by a German artist

The intersections in the underground cemetery are marked by beautiful, large, red and orange glass balls, depicted, designed by a German artist

High-rise buildings with superimposed plots are now widely embraced in Israel.

After some initial hesitations and rabbinic statements that made the practice kosher, the ultra-orthodox funeral societies of Israel have embraced the concept as the most effective Jewish practice in an era where most cemeteries in large population centers are full.

Overcrowding in the cemetery is a challenge around the world, especially in tight cities and with religions that prohibit or discourage cremation.

Advertisements

The reality of relying on finite ground sources to handle the endless flow of dying has brought the creative solution to go underground.

Two men work together to build the underground cemetery. Overcrowding in the cemetery is a challenge around the world, especially in tight cities and with religions that prohibit or discourage cremation

Two men work together to build the underground cemetery. Overcrowding in the cemetery is a challenge all over the world, especially in tight cities and with religions that prohibit or discourage cremation

Two men work together to build the underground cemetery. Overcrowding in the cemetery is a challenge around the world, especially in tight cities and with religions that prohibit or discourage cremation

The idea for the underground tunnels, pictured and burial rooms came into being when the country's plot deficit showed no signs of decline and a funeral society acted on an idea that it claimed to have considered over the past 25 years

The idea for the underground tunnels, pictured and burial rooms came into being when the country's plot deficit showed no signs of decline and a funeral society acted on an idea that it claimed to have considered over the past 25 years

The idea for the underground tunnels, pictured and burial rooms came into being when the country's plot deficit showed no signs of decline and a funeral society acted on an idea that it claimed to have considered over the past 25 years

Hananya Shahor, executive director of Kehillat Yerushalayim Hevra Kadisha (the funeral society of the country) said: “We have been thinking about maintenance for years. The materials are simple. We have built sturdy buildings with a view to future generations. & # 39; Pictured: two builders work side by side to create the underground cemetery
Advertisements

Hananya Shahor, executive director of Kehillat Yerushalayim Hevra Kadisha (the funeral society of the country) said: “We have been thinking about maintenance for years. The materials are simple. We have built sturdy buildings with a view to future generations. & # 39; Pictured: two builders work side by side to create the underground cemetery

Hananya Shahor, executive director of Kehillat Yerushalayim Hevra Kadisha (the funeral society of the country) said: “We have been thinking about maintenance for years. The materials are simple. We have built sturdy buildings with a view to future generations. & # 39; Pictured: two builders work side by side to create the underground cemetery

. (TagsToTranslate) Dailymail (t) news (t) israel