(WASHINGTONPOST) — JERUSALEM — For Jews seeking eternal rest, the most coveted real estate on earth lies in the soil of Jerusalem. Unfortunately, the city is rapidly running out of room to bury the dead.

And so it has come to pass that an Israeli burial organization has teamed with a cutting-edge construction firm to bore deep under a mountain here to create a vast underground necropolis — with elevators.

The first phase of the new subterranean city of the dead will include 22,000 crypts, arranged floor to ceiling in three tiers, in a network of intersecting tunnels now being dug through the rocky clay soil beneath Jerusalem’s largest cemetery.

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