Jeita

Few caverns in the world approach the astounding wealth or the extent of those of Jeita.

In these caves and galleries, known to man since Paleolithic times, the action of water has created cathedral-like vaults beneath the wooded hills of Mount Lebanon. Geologically, the caves provide a tunnel or escape route for the underground river, which is the principal source of the Nahr el-Kalb (Dog River).

Located some 20 Kilometers along the highway North of Beirut, a large sign indicates the right turn from Zouk Michael village, just beyond the tunnel.

The caverns are on two levels. The lower galleries, discovered in 1836 and opened to the public in 1958, are visited by boat. The upper galleries, opened in January 1969, can be seen on foot.

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