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Armenia Opens 'World's Longest' Aerial Tramway


Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian (C) and the head of the Armenian Apostolic Church, Karekin II (L) ride in a cable car at the newly opened cable line near Tatev monastery in Armenia's southern mountains close the border with Iran, 16 Oct 2010

Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian (C) and the head of the Armenian Apostolic Church, Karekin II (L) ride in a cable car at the newly opened cable line near Tatev monastery in Armenia's southern mountains close the border with Iran, 16 Oct 2010

Armenia has launched an aerial tramway line that it says is the world's longest.

President Serzh Sarkisian attended the opening of the tramway Saturday, in the country's southern mountains near Armenia's border with Iran.

The 5.7-kilometer engineering feat spans the Vorotan River gorge, linking a village off the main highway to the 9th century Tatev Monastery.

The monastery is one of the country's oldest and most prominent monasteries and is a major tourist attraction.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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