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Location: 18 km (11 mi) North of Beirut   Map

Length: 9 km (6 mi)

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Jeita Grotto (مغارة جعيتا‎)

Jeita Grotto (مغارة جعيتا‎)

 

 

 

 

 

Description of Jeita Cave

 

Jeita Grotto or Jeita Cave is a massive natural underground system situated 18 km (11 mi) North of Beirut, capital of Lebanon. It stretches for a total length of 9 km (6 mi). Jeita Cave named after nearby Jeita village is situated 9 km (6 mi) from Beirut. This natural grotto was formed during Paleolithic Era as limestone was washed away by eroding action of water, leaving behind beautiful geologic formations. Jeita Grotto is actively formed underground formation that undergoes constant remodeling by several springs and underground rivers that provide water to local residents. These natural highways are also the best way to explore numerous chambers and hallways by boat.

 

 

Jeita Grotto can be reached via a cable car those price is included into the price of admission. Jeita Grotto complex is formed by two interconnected caves: Upper and Lower Cave. Both are opened to tourists. The tour usually begins in the Upper Jeita Grotto. It is made of three spacious caves that reach a height of 100 meters in some places. Unlike Lower Jeita Cave it is not flooded. Here you can see the eight meter stalagmite, one of the longest such formations in the World.

 

Lower Jeita Grotto on the other hand was re- discovered in 1836 by Reverend William Thomson. Today it is also open to the public, but you will need to get in the boat to explore numerous underground chambers that are colorfully illuminated.

 

 

 

 

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