Gallery: Dutchman Johan Huibers Opens His Life-Size Noah’s Ark to the P...

A bizarre new tourist attraction has opened its doors to the public in the Netherlands - a life-sized Noah's Ark! The project first began in 1992 when contractor Johan Huibers dreamed that waves from the ocean washed over the Netherlands during a storm. He then claimed that his dream was followed by even more signs, prompting him to build the Ark. The Ark is now open for visitors to take a first-hand glimpse at Huibers's amazing craftsmanship - read on for a look inside!

We first reported on Huibers’ Ark last year when the massive structure (it’s so big, it’s classed as a building not a boat!) was nearing completion. Now that the Ark is officially open to the public, more details have been revealed.

Firstly, while it does float, Huibers has stressed that the Ark is not designed to save people from a global flood. Instead, he built it as a symbol of his faith. Huibers built the Ark exactly to the specifications noted in the Bible resulting in a structure that is approximately 30 meters wide, 23 meters high and 135 meters long. That’s 50 cubits wide, 30 cubits high and 300 cubits long according to the Bible.

Despite planning the Ark’s construction since 1992, construction on the full-size Ark only started in 2009. Huibers had previously built a smaller model with volunteers, but sold it to focus on the life-size version. Every detail was taken into account, in order to make the Ark as accurate as possible.

There were however deviations in Huibers contemporary construction; according to the Bible, Noah used “gopher wood” when he built the Ark, but this has been disputed so the hull was built by welding the metal hulls of several old barges together and then using Scandinavian pine for the skin.

The Ark cost $1.6 million, stands four stories tall, is as long as a football field and even comes complete with animals—although they are not real. However no expense has been spared in that department either, with Huiber’s wife Shamlian claiming it cost $11,000 for just one elephant!

There were rumors that the Ark could have been sailed to London in time for the Olympics, though this turned out not to be the case. Deborah Venema-Huibers, manager of the Ark, said that they had to abandon plans to sail the ark to the London Olympics, after they were asked to make the wooden boat safer for visitors.

“We would like to carry three thousand people on the boat (so) you can’t say: ‘We’ll leave it like that’. You have (to clear) everything with the fire department, as it is all wood. It took such a long time that we had to skip the Olympics,” she said.

The Ark is located at Dordrecht and is now open to the public!

+ Arc of Noah

via 3 News

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  1. Michael Harshaw November 12, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    If you do get the Arc sea worthy and plan to sail. I would love to be apart of the crew. And sail every where Ok ? :-)

  2. Nancy Lumen October 13, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    God was his inspiration—and like Noah, the builder will meet with some heckling—specially from non-believers…but in the end, God\\\’s glory will be revealed and raised. In faith it was built AGAIN!!! Nancy )Philippines)

  3. John Wilson October 12, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    If this guy intends to take two of everything.. I will submit that I will be one of the Atheists to join the crew when the global warming rain takes over everything.
    Yet… I guess I can still eek out a living on a mountain side someplace or actually in the Midwest.

  4. Nathaniel Soper October 11, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    Bet he can’t fit every species of animal

  5. Peter John October 11, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    He tried to be accurate?
    Metal hulls with wood SKIN?
    Did Noah have old barges to cut up?
    Where are the dinosaurs?
    The dumb jerk in Kentucky (say no more) building his ark says that Noah took baby dinos. Hardly room for full sized ones.
    Anyone who supports these carnival attractions should be reminded… PT Barnum said that there were new suckers born everyday!

  6. LoveIt December 10, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    And God signed it with His approval, by giving it a Rainbow of His promise that he would never again flood the entire earth. How awesome God is!! Thank you John! I wish it was here in the US, I would love to see it!

  7. ScottHerndon99x July 30, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    I am impressed with the attention to detail. I am curious how many pairs of animals along with food and water for all the ark would be able to hold.

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