YEREVAN, February 27. / ARKA /. The world’s longest aerial tramway built to transport visitors to the Medieval Monastery of Tatev in southern Armenia said today that beginning from March 1 it will operate six days a week from 10 in the morning to 6 in the evening.
The aerial tramway will not be working on Mondays, the company running the facility said. On festive days it will work in usual mode.
The 5.7-kilometer-long aerial tramway, built by Austrian-Swiss Dopplemayer/Garaventa 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 on a road in and out of the Vorotan River Gorge.
The cable car travels at a speed of 37 kilometers per hour (23 miles per hour) 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 as the world’s longest aerial tramway built to transport visitors. -0-