Jeita Grotto is a breathtakingly natural beauty that has been admired by many thousands of visitors from all over the world. Fashioned by millions of years of erosion it is a spectacle that almost defies description.
Its elegant natural stone sculptures are seen to their best advantage because of the ingenious lighting system installed, that appear to reveal eerie and fascinating shapes as well as amazing designs and sounds formed by the stalactites and stalagmites.
Jeita consists of an upper grotto which can be explored by foot and a lower one with an underground lake that can be seen by boat. The caves are very well managed and are easily accessible to children and older people. A small train carries visitors between the levels of the two galleries and there is a restaurant, snack bar and projection room at the site. After many years of exploration, Lebanese speleologists have penetrated 6.200 meters from the entry point of the grotto to the far end of the underground river and 1,100 meters of the upper galleries. The main source of the Dog River (Nahr el Kalb) rises in this cave.
The site opens every day from 9 AM till 7 PM in spring and autumn (except on Mondays). In winter it opens from 9 AM till 5 PM (except on Mondays). The site closes from January till the beginning of February.
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