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Death in Jerusalem

A man and his ever-nagging wife went on holiday to Jerusalem. While they were there, the wife passed away. The undertaker told the husband that he could have her shipped home for £5000; alternatively it would cost only £500 to have her buried in the Holy Land.

The man thought about it and told him he would just have her shipped home.

The undertaker asked, “Why would you spend £5,000 to ship your wife home, when it would be wonderful to be buried here and you would spend only £500?”

The man replied, “Long ago a man died here, was buried here, and three days later he rose from the dead. I just can’t take that chance”

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The Holy Land USA sign and cross in 1960

The Holy Land USA sign and cross in 1960 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Decaying biblical theme park complete with Bethlehem replica could be yours for just $350,000

By Daily Mail Reporter

A crumbling religious theme park in Connecticut that has been closed for nearly 30 years had $150,000 slashed off its asking price last week.

Holy Land USA, in Waterbury, was shut for renovations by founder John Baptist Greco in 1984. When Greco died two years later, it was left in the hands of a group of nuns and has fallen into disrepair.

The eerie 9,472 sq ft site was listed for sale in 2011 for $775,000, which then fell to $500,000. Then, last Monday, the figure for what is suggested as a ‘single family home’ tumbled to $350,000.

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Eerie: The religious theme park features sprawling replicas of biblical villages that have since fallen into disrepair
Eerie: The religious theme park features sprawling replicas of biblical villages that have since fallen into disrepair

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Holy Land USA opened in 1958 and included sprawling replicas of Bethlehem, Jerusalem, the Garden of Eden and some catacombs.

Greco built the attraction from construction debris. The park also featured a chapel, some large sculptures and massive displays of Bible verses.

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At the center of the site was a 56-foot-high cross and a large Hollywood-style illuminated sign reading Holy Land USA that was visible from the nearby interstate highway.

At its peak, in the 1960s and 70s, the theme park was bringing in around 40,000 visitors a year.

But after Greco’s death it was willed to the Religious Sisters of Filippi, and it has been abandoned ever since. But people have continued to visit the site and it was the scene of a murder in 2010.

Inside the Holy Land theme park

Creepy: It could all be yours for $350,000
Creepy: It could all be yours for $350,000

Gates: The entry to the site is not secured, meaning that anyone can wander around the private grounds
Gates: The entry to the site is not secured, meaning that anyone can wander around the private grounds

Demise: The park once attracted around 40,000 visitors annually
Demise: The park once attracted around 40,000 visitors annually

Francisco Cruz, 20, of Waterbury, was sentenced to 55 years in prison for raping and killing 16-year-old Chloe Ottman near the Holy Land cross on July 15, 2010.

Since then there has been much debate about what to do with the site.

The listing for the property describes: ‘5 large buildings, with 1 Chapel located on 17.7 acres, this is HOLY LAND, many fantastic opportunities here, close to highways, easy access!’

There are 14 rooms, 5 bathrooms and 2 parking spaces on the former theme park.

Shut: The site has been closed for nearly 30 years
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