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About Stalactite Cave Nature Reserve

The Stalactite Cave Nature Reserve (also known as Soreq Cave) is a small cavern (82 x 60 meters) under the Judean mountains near Bet Shemesh in central Israel. Discovered in 1968 during blasting at a nearby quarry, the cavern boasts a variety of stone formations, including stalactites, stalagmites, draperies, and other flowstone formations. Two of its principal attractions are Romeo and Juliet, a stalactite and stalagmite that are no longer active—and thus remaining forever suspended, one above the other.

The cavern is open year-round and offers visitors regularly scheduled tours and performance events. Winter visits are recommended, due to the increased likelihood of surface water dripping down through the cavern and enhancing the appearance of the formations. Tours are usually narrated in Hebrew, though a daily English-language tour is also offered. Access in and out of the cave is by means of 150 steps, complete with handrails and benches along the way. At present, the cavern is not wheelchair accessible. A reception center, gift shop, and car park are provided on premises.


Beit Shemesh, Beit Shemesh, Israel
Telephone: +972 (2) 991-1117 | Fax: +972 (2) 999-0215 | Official Homepage

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