An underground cemetery with 22,000 kevorim is under construction beneath Yerushalayim’s Har Hamenuchos cemetery. The unique project was a runner up in a contest of the International Tunneling and Underground Space Association to find the world’s most “innovative underground space concept of the year.”
With a price tag of $50 million, the cave’s half mile long tunnels are expected to be completed within a decade. Graves are being excavated in the tunnel floors or drilled into the tunnel wall like burial-cave niches of old.
Supervised by Rav Shlomo Neiman, the cemetery will belong to the Kehillas Yerushalayim Chevra Kaddisha. Plots will cost a half to a quarter of the price of above ground kevorim.