Marathon Beirut 2005
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.
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.