Pele will be laid to rest in a special “vertical cemetery” on the 14th level of a structure with 14,000 vaults, a waterfall, and a car museum.
After it was revealed that the Brazilian star had passed away at the age of 82 in his own country, the football world is in mourning.
Pele had been undergoing therapy for a colon tumor, but he stopped responding to the medication months after.
But on Thursday night, it was revealed that the greatest player in history had tragically passed away from cancer-related multiple organ failure.
Additionally, information on his last burial site has been made public as the South American nation gets ready to say goodbye to its greatest son.
Before his public funeral on January 2 at Santos’ stadium, Vila Belmiro, the legend will be embalmed and transported from the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo.
Before a procession through the streets of Santos to honor the icon, his casket will be left on the field for fans to pay their respects for 24 hours.
It will proceed past Canal 6, where Pele’s mother resides, and continue to Memorial Necropole Ecumenica, a distinctive “vertical cemetery,” where he will be interred in privacy with other family members.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, it has 14 stories and 14,000 vaults, making it the world’s tallest vertical cemetery. It is situated between large buildings and verdant trees.
It features mausoleums, crematoriums, service rooms, and crypts “for families who want to preserve their legacy in a more personal and private way”.
Even a tropical garden with a tiny rooftop cafe and a waterfall is included.
The fact that there is a classic vehicle museum on the enormous property may be the oddest aspect of it.
Pepe Altstut, an eccentric architect, began construction on it in 1983, and he has since added on to it.
It has even developed into a stand-alone tourist destination.
The Vila Belmiro stadium, where Pele began his career, is visible from the higher levels of the necropolis.
Pele, known as The King, was the only player in football history to win three World Cups with Brazil between 1958 and 1970.
A Guinness World Record has been established for his incredible total of 1,279 goals in 1,363 games, which included friendly.
In addition, he scored an incredible 77 goals in 92 games for the national team, a record that Neymar recently tied in the World Cup.
Along with contemporary greats Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, the current Brazilian No. 10, Neymar, has spearheaded the massive outpouring of homage to the late, great icon.
At the age of 15, Pele made his professional debut with Santos, a local team, and at the age of 16, he earned his first cap for Brazil.
When he was barely 17 years old, he won the World Cup. He later repeated the feat in 1962 and 1970.
Over the course of his 18-year career, the South American legend scored 643 goals in 659 games for team Santos.
In 1977, during an exhibition game between the Cosmos and Santos, he also made his retirement from playing for the New York Cosmos.