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New city of the dead takes shape underneath Jerusalem

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New city of the dead takes shape underneath Jerusalem
A vast underground burial site
Under the serene and silent hills of Jerusalem's largest Jewish cemetery, a team drills into stone to create a vast underground burial site, melding modern technologies with ancient concepts.

A shortage of burial space in Jerusalem along with the requirements of Jewish law have brought together religious undertakers and a tunnelling expert to create the new underground complex.

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The first of its kind in the modern world
When completed, it will contain thousands of new graves set among state-of-the-art lighting, elevators and ventilation systems, at a cost of some 200 million shekels ($57 million, 48 million euros).

Officials overseeing the project call it the first of its kind in the modern world.

On a recent day, heavy equipment gnawed away at the stone under the plots of Har Hamenuhot, Jerusalem's largest Jewish cemetery on the city's western outskirts.

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Finite land resources
Traditional Judaism requires the deceased to be buried in earth, as per the verse in the Bible's Book of Genesis about man's inevitable "return to the ground", and prohibits moving the interred.

Finite land resources have forced religious burial societies, known as Hevra Kadisha, to find solutions.
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