The Stalactite Cave, also called the Sorek Cave, is at the heart of the reserve in memory of Avshalom Shoham, located on the western slopes of the Judean mountains near Bet Shemesh.
The cave, 82 meters long and 60 meters wide, was discovered accidentally by workers blasting at the nearby quarry. This small cavern contains a wondrously varied world of stalactites and stalagmites. Some formations are at least 300,000 years old and can help scientists track climate changes in our region over the millennia.
Some of the stalactites hanging from the ceiling of the cave are up to four meters long, and in some cases they fuse with stalagmites growing from the floor. They can range from a few millimeters to a few meters in diameter.
Other formations resemble shelves or sheets of cloth, branches, corals and clusters of grapes, among many other objects. In several still-active areas of the cave, which maintains constant heat and humidity year-round, the stalactites and stalagmites continue to grow.
A visit to the cave seems especially magical in winter, when drops of water splash noisily to the floor, where they glisten beautifully, giving the sense of a world that is growing before our very eyes.
A visit to the cave includes a Performance and a guided tour.
Baby strollers are not allowed in the cave!
The descent to the cave from the parking lot is via 150 steps, and takes about 10 minutes. There are handrails and benches along the way.