10 Amazing Facts You Must Know About Jeita Grotto!

How much do you know about Jeita Grotto?

#1 Jeita Grotto, which is a natural wonder, is a system of two interconnected caves. 

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#2 The Lebanese landmark was one of the top 14 finalists in the New 7 Wonders of Nature competition.

#3 The American missionary Reverend William Thomson discovered the lower cave in 1836. He was exploring the area and entered the cave.

When Thomson reached the river, he fired a shot from his gun. The echoes proved that he discovered a cave of great importance. The discovery was followed by many expeditions.

#4 Lebanese speleologists discovered the upper galleries in 1958. They house the world’s largest stalactites, which are formations that hang from the ceiling of caves.

#5 Jeita Grotto closed to the public during the Lebanese Civil War. The caves were used to store weapons and equipment. It reopened to the public in 1995.

#6 The grotto, which is 9 kilometers long, is the longest cave complex in the Middle East.

#7 The cave was first known as the Grottoes of Nahr El Kalb. The name changed after newspapers called it Jeita Grotto.

#8 The visitors can safely visit the cave without disturbing the natural landscape. They can take a short ride in a rowboat in the lower cave.

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#9 This statue, which is called “The Guardian of Time,” is located right outside the caves. Other attractions include a souvenir shop, a train, a cable car, and a garden.

#10 Jeita Grotto is open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM every day except for Monday. The lower grotto is closed for a few days in winter. The complete tour takes around two hours.

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