Darb el-Salib Tartij: A Journey of Faith and Reflection

by LBTAdmin

Darb el-Salib Tartij, known as the Way of the Cross, stands as a beacon of spiritual pilgrimage nestled within the breathtaking landscapes of Lebanon’s Jbeil district. This revered route, spanning almost a kilometer and ascending 100 meters, offers a journey through fifteen stations, each marking a pivotal moment in the final hours of Jesus Christ’s life. But what exactly is Darb el-Salib Tartij, and what draws pilgrims and seekers to its sacred path? We delve deeper into this revered site with Zarife Habchi and Joseph Estephan, the people behind the project.

What is Darb el Salib Tartij?

Darb el-Salib Tartij, or the Way of the Cross, is a pilgrimage route in Tartij, Lebanon, renowned for its picturesque setting and profound spiritual significance. Comprising fifteen stations that depict the final moments of Jesus Christ’s life, this sacred path offers believers and seekers a space for introspection, prayer, and connection with the timeless message of love and redemption.

When can you go?

Open year round, Darb el-Salib Tartij welcomes visitors from across the globe, offering them the opportunity to embark on a journey of faith and reflection at any time of the year. Whether seeking solace in the tranquility of nature or spiritual renewal amidst the sacred stations, pilgrims are invited to tread its hallowed ground and immerse themselves in the profound story of Christ’s sacrifice.

How did the project begin?

We were inspired by our travels to renowned religious sites worldwide, including Lourdes and Medjugorje, and sought to create a sanctuary in Lebanon that mirrored the transformative experiences they encountered abroad. With a desire to fulfill the longing of Lebanese visitors for such a place, we embarked on the journey to establish Darb el-Salib Tartij, culminating in its opening on 30 July 2021, with the blessing of Patriarch Mar Bechara Boutros Al Raii.

What is the purpose of Darb el-Salib Tartij?

At its core, Darb el-Salib Tartij serves as a sanctuary for individuals of all backgrounds to find peace, connect with their faith, and contemplate the profound message of Jesus’ sacrifice. Since its addition to the religious tourism map in August 2023, the site has welcomed pilgrims from diverse cultures and faiths, fostering a sense of unity and spiritual enrichment amidst its serene surroundings.

What draws people to Darb el-Salib Tartij?

Beyond its scenic beauty and historical significance, Darb el-Salib Tartij beckons pilgrims with the promise of a transformative spiritual journey. As visitors traverse its sacred path, they are invited to reflect on the universal themes of suffering, redemption, and the enduring power of faith. Whether seeking solace in times of hardship or simply yearning for a deeper connection with the divine, pilgrims find solace and inspiration amidst the tranquil ambiance of Darb el-Salib Tartij.

Through its captivating beauty and profound symbolism, this sacred site continues to inspire and uplift pilgrims on their quest for meaning and enlightenment.


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