It was clear that simply restoring the monastery was not enough.

The Wings of Tatev reversible aerial tramway provided an out-ofthe-box solution to make Tatev, this pearl of medieval Armenian architecture, more accessible.

With this initiative, we intended to promote economic growth in the economically stagnant region. The Wings of Tatev Project attracted a significant inflow of tourists to an otherwise inaccessible monastery, which started to generate the kind of income needed to restore the monastic complex.

This, in turn, created the conditions for attracting government funding. A number of infrastructure issues needed to be resolved. In this regard, the Armenian Government’s support was crucial.

The Government, with World Bank support, reconstructed the 12-kilometer Sisian-Tatev road. A VAT exemption for importing the necessary construction equipment was granted, and the relocation of a high-voltage electricity line to the Tatev area was financed.

The project team cooperated with both local and international organisations and experts to ensure that the best international practices and standards were met for both the design and realisation of the project. The AustrianSwiss company Doppelmayr Garaventa Group, a leader in the field of design, manufacturing and maintenance of ropeways, was commissioned to carry out the work.

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Dear Visitor,

We are glad you are interested in the activities of the IDeA Foundation.

On this platform, you can learn about two-decades long thought, passion, commitment and hard work — all in pursuit of a more prosperous Armenia. The road has been long and reflections many. But we managed to achieve to a point where our work has left its mark on the lives of millions of people and we are really proud of it.

Our accomplishments are the fruit of a collective effort by hundreds of thousands of promoters and volunteers, tens of thousands of donors and supporters, hundreds of colleagues and dozens of founding partners. Together, we have shown what wonderous things can be achieved when people strive for realization of a common goal.

Allow our family, who was lucky enough to witness these remarkable achievements from the beginning, to express our sincere gratitude to numerous wonderful, caring, purposeful people and organizations that made all these achievements possible. We have the honor to present their successes and express our gratitude to them.

We have tried to present the key landmarks of our journey to a brighter Armenia, to chart the lessons learned, and some of the new approaches and initiatives they have forged — the 700 projects over the last 20 years.

We hope that learning about these works will be as pleasant for you as it is for us to tell about them.

But, more importantly, we would like to see you among those Armenians who will continue this path together with us in the future.

If a single community of like-minded people working towards the realization of a common vision of the future can achieve such a result, imagine what kind of changes can be made if the efforts of the entire nation were directed towards creation. Together we can dream.

And, together, we can make our dreams come true.

Thank You,

Ruben Vardanyan and Veronika Zonabend