Jeita Grotto, Lebanon

Jeita Grotto is a compound of interconnected karstic caves located in Jeita , Lebanon , 18 kilometers north of Beirut in the Valley of Nahr al- Kalb . The complex consists of two caves.

The lower cave was inhabited in prehistoric times and was rediscovered in 1836 by Reverend William Thomson and can be visited by boat.

The upper part of the cave was discovered in 1958 by Lebanese cavers. Located 60 meters above the lower cave , she was pierced by an access tunnel equipped with a series of walkways to enable tourists to safe visitation without disturbing the natural landscape. The upper cave, which houses the largest stalactite, is composed of a series of rooms. The largest room has a maximum height of 120 meters.

Jeita Grotto has been selected as one of 28 finalists to  be part of the seven natural wonders of the world – it is the only grotto / cave to be selected among the candidates. Jeita was elected the first wonder of nature .DSC03255c4ee2d16-0bc9-4acd-b4e5-381f6b3cc524