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Jeita Grotto

Country
Lebanon
State
Bekaa
City
Jeita
Type of Location
Monument, Caves
About Location

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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By Car

You can get to Jeita by car. A paid parking area is provided.Open Tuesday through Thursday from 9 am to 6 pm and Friday through Sunday from 9 am to 7 pm.Closed on Mondays, unless it is a national holiday.

By Road

If you prefer land transportation,a Disney-like "train" pulled by a small replica of a steam engine makes regular runs up and down the hill between the parking area and the upper galleries.Near the entrance to the upper galleries is an air conditioned theater which has scheduled showings of a film about Jeita in several languages. Check which time the language you want is shown so you can coordinate the film with your visit to the cave.

From here the fun begins with a short ride up the mountain in one of four Austrian cable cars.

Key places to visit
The Lower Galleries, The Upper Galleries


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Places to Visit

The Lower Galleries

This part of the cavern takes you to a beautiful underworld millions of years in the making. Both 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 first impression is the sound of rushing water and a sensation of clean cold. But the roar of the waterfall at the entrance gives way to profound silence as you glide deeper into the cave. An effective new lighting system illuminates expert rock climbers-and marvel at the columns and sculptures fashioned by those great architects-water and time.

The Upper Galleries

The approach to these dry galleries through a 120-meter-long concrete tunnel does little to prepare you for the surprising world beyond. 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.For 650 meters you wind your way through different levels of the caverns, contemplating the flowing stone draperies and other formations. Perhaps the most dramatic sight is the yawning canyons and sink holes, some seen at a drop of over a hundred meters.Near the entrance to the upper galleries is an air conditioned theater which has scheduled showings of a film about Jeita in several languages. Check which time the language you want is shown so you can coordinate the film with your visit to the cave.

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