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JEITA GROTTO


Lebanon offers important archeological and historical settings as well as marvelous natural sites that attract the visitor and dazzle the eyes for the richness of their natural beauty and one of those beauties are Je´ta Grottoesů Located some 20 Km north of Beirut, Jeita is the Lebanon's natural wonder and one of the world's most beautiful caverns.

Located some 20 Km north of Beirut, The site of Je´ta is similar to a small paradise with various colors of nature and a splendid flower cultivation; its rich verdure and the rainbow of colors as taken from a painting distinguish it.

Jeita caverns are on two levels.


The lower galleries, discovered hazardously in1836 and opened to the public in 1958, are visited by boat to a distance of approximately 500 m from the 6200 m explored. This part of the caverns takes you to a beautiful underworld millions of years in the making. But the 600-meter boat trip on a subterranean lake is only a sampling of the system that has been explored for almost 6,910 meters.

The upper galleries, discovered in 1958 and opened in January 1969, can be seen on foot for a distance of approximately 750 m from the 2200 m explored. Formed several million years before the lower caverns, this section shows what the entire cave system was like before geological conditions displaced the subterranean river to its present level. 650 meters walking through this dry gallery, shows many formations shaped over millions of years.

The temperature remains stable in the grottoes for the whole year (16║C in the lower cave and 22║C in the upper cave) allowing the visitors to savor the warm climate in wintertime and the refreshing cool climate in summertime.

 

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