YEREVAN, December 9. / ARKA /. The world’s longest aerial tramway built to transport visitors to the Medieval Monastery of Tatev in southern Armenia, said today it will halt operation from December 30 to January 5 for a technical overhaul and because of New Year festivities.
It will resume operation on January 6 when the Armenian Apostolic Church celebrates Christmas. In winter the facility will be working only on Saturdays and Sundays.
The 5.7-kilometer-long aerial tramway transports visitors from the village of Halidzor across the Vorotan gorge to the village of Tatev, within walking distance of the monastery, allowing tourists and visitors to bypass a 90-minute drive in and out of the Vorotan River Gorge.
The cable car travels at a speed of 37 kilometers per hour (23 miles) and a one-way journey takes 11 minutes.
At its highest point over the gorge, the car travels 320 meters (1,056 feet) above ground level. It has two cabins, each capable of carrying up to 25 passengers. The cable car is part of a $45 million-dollar public-private effort to develop tourism at Tatev and in the overall region of Syunik.
The aerial tramway was officially registered by a representative of the Guinness World Records October 23 who arrived in Armenia for that ceremony. -0-