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This article is about the town. For the grotto, see Jeita Grotto. For the Japanese electronics association JEITA, see Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association.

Coordinates: 33°57′14″N 35°38′36″E / 33.95389°N 35.64333°E / 33.95389; 35.64333

Jaita, Jaaita
Jeita is located in Lebanon
Location in Lebanon
Coordinates: 33°57′14″N 35°38′36″E / 33.95389°N 35.64333°E / 33.95389; 35.64333
Country  Lebanon
Governorate Mount Lebanon
District Keserwan
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Jeita (Arabic: جعيتا‎‎ Jʿītā; also spelled Jaaita or Jaita) is a town and municipality located in the Keserwan District of the Mount Lebanon Governorate of Lebanon. The town is about 20 kilometres (12 mi) north of Beirut.[1] It has an average elevation of 380 meters above sea level and a total land area of 290 hectares.[1] Jeita's inhabitants are Maronites.[2]

It is well known for the Jeita Grotto which is a popular tourist attraction, as well as the Nahr al-Kalb, a river that runs from a spring near the grotto emptying into the Mediterranean Sea. The name Jeita is derived from the Aramaic word Ge’itta, meaning "roar" or "noise".[3]


  1. ^ a b "Jaaita". Localiban. Localiban. 2008-01-21. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  2. ^ "Elections municipales et ikhtiariah au Mont-Liban" (PDF). Localiban. Localiban. 2010. p. 19. Archived from the original (pdf) on 2015-07-24. Retrieved 2016-02-12. 
  3. ^ Lebanese Maronite Villages or Towns. Retrieved on 2009-07-24.