Just a few minutes ago, Karim Valerio, a representative of the Guinness Book of Records, issued a certificate confirming that the Wings of Tatev is the world’s longest ropeway. The certificate was handed over to Bekor Papazyan, Chairman of the National Competitiveness Foundation of Armenia, a NEWS.am correspondent reports (photos).
Papazyan pointed out the importance of the certificate received from the Guinness Book of Records for the world’s awareness of Armenia. “After all, we constructed the ropeway for tourists – not only as a means of transport. So we have one more occasion to tell the mass media bout the history of the ropeway – this time by means of the Guinness Book of Records, thereby contributing to a higher number of tourists,” he said.
Papazyan pointed out that the Tatev ropeway project is part of a program of renovating the Goris airport and constructing tourist centers.
The ropeway is 5,700 meters long.
The construction of the Wings of Tatev ropeway lasted for 11 months. The U.S. $50 million project was implemented by the National Competitiveness Foundation of Armenia. Numerous philanthropists contributed to the program, the Russia-based businessman Ruben Vardanyan’s contribution being U.S. $28 million. His contribution actually inaugurated the unprecedented project.
The new ropeway is of paramount importance for the development of Armenia’s tourist industry.
The Monastery of Tatev is a 9th century monastery of the Armenian Apostolic Church located in south-east of Armenia, near Tatev village, 280 km far from Yerevan. Translated from old Armenian (grabar) Tatev means “give wings” or “fly”.
It was founded in 9th century and was a political center of Syunik kingdom, one of the major educational and scientific centers of Armenia (14-15 centuries). Tatev manuscript school was functioning in the Monastery in the Middle Ages as well.
The Monastery was greatly affected by the 1931 earthquake.
The Monastery of Tatev is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Video by Nuard Hovhannisyan