David Vaaknin

Jerusalem's Underground City of the Dead for The Washington Post

Commission for The Washington Post

Authors: William Booth and Ruth Eglash

Photo Editor: Jade-Snow Joachim


Photos for a story about an underground cemetery being built by the Israeli Burial Society in Jerusalem, due to a decrease in available land for traditional Jewish burials. Read the story online

Multi-level graves at the Givat Shaul cemetery in Jerusalem Israel
Multi-level graves including above ground burial plots are seen at the Givat Shaul cemetery, in Jerusalem, Israel, on May 14, 2015.
Multi-level graves at the Givat Shaul cemetery in Jerusalem Israel
Multi-level graves including above ground burial plots are seen at the Givat Shaul cemetery, in Jerusalem, Israel, on May 14, 2015.
Reserved burial plots at the Givat Shaul cemetery in Jerusalem Israel
Reserved burial plots with the names of the people which they are reserved for, are seen at the Givat Shaul cemetery, in Jerusalem, Israel, on May 14, 2015.
A worker is seen in front of partially constructed notched burial plots at the construction site of an underground cemetery in Jerusalem Israel
A worker is seen in front of partially constructed notched burial plots at the construction site of an underground tunnel designated for traditional Jewish burial at the Givat Shaul cemetery, in Jerusalem, Israel, on May 14, 2015.
Workers are seen at the construction site of an underground cemetery in Jerusalem Israel
Workers are seen at the construction site of an underground tunnel designated for traditional Jewish burial at the Givat Shaul cemetery, in Jerusalem, Israel, on May 14, 2015.
A worker welds at the construction site of an underground cemetery in Jerusalem Israel
A worker welds as he performs maintenance work on a drill head of a tunneling machine at the construction site of an underground tunnel designated for traditional Jewish burial at the Givat Shaul cemetery, in Jerusalem, Israel, on May 14, 2015.
A worker welds at the construction site of an underground cemetery in Jerusalem Israel
A worker welds as he performs maintenance work on a drill head of a tunneling machine at the construction site of an underground tunnel designated for traditional Jewish burial at the Givat Shaul cemetery, in Jerusalem, Israel, on May 14, 2015.
Workers are seen at the construction site of an underground cemetery in Jerusalem Israel
Workers are seen at the construction site of an underground tunnel designated for traditional Jewish burial at the Givat Shaul cemetery, in Jerusalem, Israel, on May 14, 2015.
Partially constructed notched burial plots are seen at the construction site of an underground cemetery in Jerusalem Israel
Partially constructed notched burial plots are seen at the construction site of an underground tunnel designated for traditional Jewish burial at the Givat Shaul cemetery, in Jerusalem, Israel, on May 14, 2015.
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