The Jeita Grotto is located 18 kilometers northeast of Beirut. This grotto has one of the world's most impressive agglomerations of stalactites and stalagmites.
We took a gondola to get to the upper cave.
The caverns extend about 6 kilometers back into the mountains. However, the entire cavern is not open to the public.
Tom and "The Guardian of Time" - a sculpture by Lebanese artist Tony Farah. We were calling the statue Mr. Stalactite man until I just found out his real name.
After the upper cavern, we had to walk outside to get into the lower cavern. We had to ride a boat in order to explore this cavern. This lower cavern is closed every winter because it is flooded by the rising levels of the Nahr-el- Kabl (or Dog River).
During the civil war, these caves were used as ammunition storage. Luckily , the caves showed no damage from this.