Tatev Ropeway Construction to Begin

The long road to Tatev is windy, damaged and unpaved.

The long road to Tatev is windy, damaged and unpaved.

YEREVAN (ArmRadio)—The longest rope-way in the world will be built in Southern Armenia connecting a 5.7km stretch from the Halidzor village deep into the mountains of the country’s ancient Syunik regin to the historic Tatev Monastary, the Director of the National Competitiveness Council, Bekor Papazyan told “Radiolur.”

The ropeway, which will operate year-round, is set to significantly ease travel to the Monastery. An agreement has been signed between the Armenian National Competitiveness Council and Garaventa Doppelmayr Swiss Company to construct the ropeway as part of a three-year program begun in February called the “Rebirth and reconstruction of Tatev.”

Located 280 km South of Yerevan, the 9th century monastery is considered a national treasure and a popular site for tourists. But access to the monastery, is limited to one windy and highly damaged 25 km road that is for the most part unpaved.

The Tatev reconstruction program will seek to revitalize the monastery complex and leverage its historical, cultural, and religious value to help boost Armenia’s tourism industry.

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