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Ain W Zain also known as Ain Wazein is a Lebanese village in the Chouf District in the Mount Lebanon GovernorateGeographyPopulationThe village has 2000 inhabitants and 925 voters between resident and expatriate. Literacy rate is high, and they major in various fields, especially medicine, engineering, law, education and modern technology. The majority of the population are self-employed and employees in the private and public sectors. A number of the villagers depend on agriculture.LandmarksAin W Zain Natural GrottoThe Grotto is located in Ain Wazein on an altitude of 1040 meters above sea level. It is 54 km from Beirut, and 9 km away from Beit-Eddine, center of the Shouf district. The Grotto that extends for 426 meters (till now) lies on Ain Wazein-Batloun road, near the northern end of Ain Wazein. The grotto was discovered in 2003. The preparation process lasted three years thanks to personal efforts.The grotto includes a set of passageways, crevices or halls, and vaults of varied width and height. These natural formations resulted from accumulated water and its pressure. The grotto includes many distinct formations of stalagmites and stalactites, and other dangling rock formations. It is one of the most beautiful grottos found in Lebanon, with its varied natural calcareous formations.Ain Wazein natural grotto is considered an important highly visited tourist site. It is situated in a beautiful natural environment. The grotto enjoys a scientific, as well as a historic significance. It is considered to be a continuous underground tourist site, and it serves in discovering the subsurface world.Ain Wazein grotto has beautiful calcareous formations found in its passages and sides. It is possible to organize scientific tours for high school and university students. This is possible because all geologic elements are clear in the grotto. It is possible also to carry out scientific research on its structural features.
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