Ara Malikian plays the violin on top of the mountains

Together with Jesús Calleja, Ara Malikian, the Lebanese violinist, of Armenian origin, has had the opportunity to get to know his family roots up close.

His first stop on ‘Planeta Calleja’ was at the Khor Virap Monastery, at the foot of Mount Ararat, where, according to the Bible, Noah’s ark ended up after the Universal Flood, where Mailkian received Jesús Calleja playing the violin in the cell where Gregory the Illuminator was imprisoned for thirteen years, who is said to have made Armenia the first Christian nation in the world.

After their meeting, both have continued by road until they reach the first wine cellar in history, which dates back 6,000 years and is located in the town of Areni. In Yerevan, the country’s capital, the musician has improvised a small concert to the delight of the local public.

From there they have traveled to the Symphony of Stones, a canyon formed by basaltic rock that ends in the Temple of Garni, the only Greco-Roman temple preserved in the country. Nearby, both have visited the Geghard Monastery, the most mysterious in the country due to its historical relationship with the Knights Templar and where Nata Moreno, wife of Ara Malikian and Goya-winning film director, was waiting for them.

The most extreme part of the adventure has come with a trek through the forest in the Dilijan National Park; a paramotor flight over Lake Sevan, the largest in Armenia; a zip-line circuit at the Yell Extreme Park in Yenokavan, in which the musician was on the verge of not daring and had to gather courage to overcome his fear of heights; and a 4×4 route through the Sartsapat mountains until reaching the top of a spectacular cliff, where Ara Malikian has offered a spectacular violin recital.

Ara Malikian overcomes her fear of heights

Ara Malikian, after his adventure with Jesús Calleja: "It has changed our lives and we are going to be a little happier"

Ara Malikian, after his adventure with Jesús Calleja: “It has changed our lives and we are going to be a little happier”

As soon as his adventure ended, the violinist opened up to Calleja and we were able to see him really moved: “It has changed my life because we have experienced extreme things that have been very cool for me. I have learned to enjoy nature, something that I have missed for 53 years. Starting today, thanks to you, our lives have changed and we are going to be a little happier”.


Source: Cuatro – Noticias de última hora, deportes, programas y series by www.cuatro.com.

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