Jerusalem has run out of burial space -- so they are digging deeper

 

The holy city of Jerusalem has run out of grave plots. So they are digging deep underground to solve their burial space problem. 

The company Rolzur Tunneling has begun digging an underground cemetery beneath the city's main cemetery to add 22,000 graves below the surface, according to the Washington Post.

Rolzer chief executive Arik Glazer said, "We came up with this idea to provide a solution under the cemetery with burial structures, but also hidden from the eye."

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Israelis visit the Mount Herzel military cemetery in Jerusalem on April 30, 2017, at the start of Remembrance Day commemorating fallen Israeli soldiers. Israel is marking Remembrance (or Memorial) Day to commemorate 23544 fallen soldiers and 3117 civilians killed during hostile attacks since 1948, just before the celebrations for the 69th anniversary of its creation according to the Jewish calendar. / AFP PHOTO / MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli mourners observe two minutes of silence near graves during a ceremony at the Mount Herzel military cemetery in Jerusalem as they mark Remembrance Day, commemorating fallen soldiers in the country's conflicts, on May 1, 2017. Israel is marking Remembrance (or Memorial) Day to commemorate 23544 fallen soldiers and 3117 civilians killed during hostile attacks since 1948, just before the celebrations for the 69th anniversary of its creation according to the Jewish calendar. / AFP PHOTO / ��� / GIL COHEN-MAGEN (Photo credit should read GIL COHEN-MAGEN/AFP/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - MAY 01: (ISRAEL OUT) Israelis observe two minutes of silence near graves as a siren is heard across the country, at the military cemetery on May 1, 2017 in Jerusalem, Israel. Israel marks the Remembrance Day to commemorate over 25,000 fallen soldiers since 1948, just before the celebrations of the 69th Independence Day anniversary according to the Jewish calendar. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - MAY 01: (ISRAEL OUT) Israelis are seen next to graves of a fallen soldier at the military cemetery on May 1, 2017 in Jerusalem, Israel. Israel marks the Remembrance Day to commemorate over 25,000 fallen soldiers since 1948, just before the celebrations of the 69th Independence Day anniversary according to the Jewish calendar. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
Israeli mourners visit the graves of their loved ones during a ceremony at the Mount Herzel military cemetery in Jerusalem as they mark Remembrance Day, commemorating fallen soldiers in the country's conflicts on May 1, 2017. Israel is marking Remembrance (or Memorial) Day to commemorate 23544 fallen soldiers and 3117 civilians killed during hostile attacks since 1948, just before the celebrations for the 69th anniversary of its creation according to the Jewish calendar. / AFP PHOTO / MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - MAY 01: (ISRAEL OUT) An Israeli woman is seen next to a grave of a fallen soldier at the military cemetery on May 1, 2017 in Jerusalem, Israel. Israel marks the Remembrance Day to commemorate over 25,000 fallen soldiers since 1948, just before the celebrations of the 69th Independence Day anniversary according to the Jewish calendar. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
Israeli mourners visit graves of their loved ones during a ceremony at the Mount Herzel military cemetery in Jerusalem during the Remembrance Day, commemorating fallen soldiers, on May 1, 2017. Israel is marking Remembrance (or Memorial) Day to commemorate 23544 fallen soldiers and 3117 civilians killed during hostile attacks since 1948, just before the celebrations for the 69th anniversary of its creation according to the Jewish calendar. / AFP PHOTO / MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)
An Israeli soldier lays flowers on the graves of fallen soldiers at the Mount Herzel military cemetery in Jerusalem on April 30, 2017, a few hours ahead of the start of Remembrance Day, commemorating fallen Israeli soldiers. Israel is marking Remembrance (or Memorial) Day to commemorate 23544 fallen soldiers and 3117 civilians killed during hostile attacks since 1948, just before the celebrations for the 69th anniversary of its creation according to the Jewish calendar. / AFP PHOTO / MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - MAY 01: (ISRAEL OUT) Israelis are seen next to graves of fallen soldiers at the military cemetery on May 1, 2017 in Jerusalem, Israel. Israel marks the Remembrance Day to commemorate over 25,000 fallen soldiers since 1948, just before the celebrations of the 69th Independence Day anniversary according to the Jewish calendar. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
An Israeli man grieves over his father memorial stone at the Mount Herzel military cemetery in Jerusalem on Memorial Day commemorating fallen Israeli soldiers on May 11, 2016. At sunset the solemn gatherings at military cemeteries and war memorials to commemorate Remembrance Day will give way to public performances, street parties and general merrymaking to mark 68 years since the declaration of the Israeli state in 1948. / AFP / MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)
A family gathered next to a grave of a fallen Israeli soldier at the Mt. Herzel military cemetery in Jerusalem, on April 21, 2015 the eve of Israeli memorial day. Israel will commemorate this year's Memorial Day on the 22nd of April, in remembrance of it's fallen soldiers, along with ordinary civilians who where killed in actions of terror. (Photo by Omer Messinger/NurPhoto) (Photo by NurPhoto/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Israeli mourners observe two minutes of silence near graves during a ceremony at the Mount Herzel military cemetery in Jerusalem as they mark Remembrance Day, commemorating fallen soldiers in the country's conflicts, on May 1, 2017. Israel is marking Remembrance (or Memorial) Day to commemorate 23544 fallen soldiers and 3117 civilians killed during hostile attacks since 1948, just before the celebrations for the 69th anniversary of its creation according to the Jewish calendar. / AFP PHOTO / ��� / GIL COHEN-MAGEN (Photo credit should read GIL COHEN-MAGEN/AFP/Getty Images)
An ISraeli woman kisses the name of her uncle on a commemorative plaque honouring fallen soldiers at the Armored Corps Memorial, following a ceremony to mark Remembrance Day (or Memorial Day), on May 1, 2017 in Latrun, between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. At sunset the solemn gatherings at military cemeteries and war memorials to commemorate Remembrance Day will give way to public performances, street parties and general merrymaking to mark 69 years since the declaration of the Israeli state in 1948. / AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
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"Burials like this existed in ancient times, 1,600 to 2,000 years ago, and we have we have revived this tradition because of the lack of burial space," Glazer added. 

The "city of the dead" will have tunnels with elevators and walkways that will give families easy access to deceased loved ones. 

The project even finished as runner-up for the 2017 International Tunneling Underground Space Association’s "Concept of the Year."

The $50 million project is expected to be finished by the end of 2018. 

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