This cave is set in strata of calcium and dolomites and belongs to the late Jurassic epoch. The cave was formed  in two main periods. During the first stage which lasted approximately ninety to a hundred and twenty millions years, the land was under the sea.

zahlan grotto dennieh

zahlan grotto dennieh

 

And it was during a period of approximately ninety to a hundred and twenty million years during the early cretaceous when Lebanon rosea bove the sea surface for thirty million years during parts of the cave were subject to alteration and smelting.

zahlan grotto dennieh

 

zahlan grotto dennieh

Then water covered the earth again for about 40 millions years. the second stage was about 20 million years ago when the land rose above water again due to tectonic movements.it was then when the cave took shape.

zahlan grotto dennieh

 

zahlan grotto dennieh

The cave had 3 parts, the current cave, a second lower cave and a third lower cave at the bottom of the valley from where the zahlan fountain gushes out. Most of the stalactites and stalagmites were formed during the last thousand years.

zahlan grotto dennieh

 

zahlan grotto dennieh

 

How to reach Al Zahlan Grotto: You took the road to Dennieh from Tripoli or Zgharta, all the way to Sir el Dennieh, and then from Sir El Dennieh , you continue to Kattine village where the grotto is.

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