This cave is worth seeing with your own eyes.
Soreq cave was discovered breeding in may 1968 — in the career of the mountain har TUV, which produces crushed stone. When the next explosion rocks a small hole into the stalactite cave, prior to this had no access to the surface of the earth.
In 1975, the cave has a status of reserve.
Sorek cave is located in the area of Beit Shemesh on the Western slopes of the Judean hills, South of the brook of Sorek, a 10-15 minute drive from Jerusalem. The cave entrance is at an altitude of 385 meters above sea level.
Entering the cave it seems that you were in another world in which elves and dwarves, and maybe fairies.
Stalactites — chemogenic deposits in caverns in formations, hangs from the ceiling. And if easier is the icicles that result from chemical reactions of water and limestone. Underwater streams of the river of Sorek and the accumulated rain drops penetrate into the cave, dissolving the limestone. So, drop anything stalactite is formed.
From the Greek word “stalactite” is translated — “Natexis drop by drop”. And the bottom (floor) of the same droplet grows as a stalagmite. At some point they meet and merge into an unexpected figure.
The process of such growth is the tens and even hundreds of years. Due to the fact that the cave has managed to maintain a special microclimate and high humidity — up to 95% , the process of formation of stalactites and stalagmites continues to this day.
I found this cave 49 years ago — in 1968. And there was, as often in Israel found, quite by accident. In the area of Beit Shemesh spent blasting for the extraction of building rubble. The next time you blast open the entrance to a stalactite cave that was completely hidden and had no exit to the surface.
In 1975, the cave of Sorek was given the status of reserve, equipped with descent (with a height of 385 metres above sea level), and the cave became accessible to everyone.
Unfortunately, since the opening of the cave, some natural formations were damaged.
Stalactites and stalagmites in the cave illuminated by special led lighting that do not produce heat. During the tour the color change: the yellow lights, then red, then green, then blue, and these colors add magic the prevailing atmosphere here.
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