Nahr al-Kalb

The Nahr al-Kalb (Arabic: نهر الكلب, meaning Dog River) is a river in Lebanon. It runs for 31 km (19 mi) from a spring in Jeita near the Jeita Grotto to the Mediterranean Sea.

Christ the king overlooking the Dog River basin


Nahr al-Kalb is the ancient Lycus River.[1] Past generals and conquerors have traditionally built monuments at the mouth of the Nahr al-Kalb, known as the Commemorative stelae of Nahr el-Kalb.

The entire site of the Nahr el-Kelb valley with the archaeological sites it conceals is classified on the indicative list of UNESCO world heritage.


The river originates at a low altitude from a source that originates from the Jeita Grotto. The river receives the seasonal contribution of torrents from Mount Lebanon, and is almost dry in summer.