2009 - Volume #33, Issue #1, Page #23[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Dutch Contractor Builds Replica Of Noah's Ark
Johan Huiber built a replica of Noah's ark to help tell a familiar Bible story.
"In 1992, I had a dream where I dreamt that Holland disappeared in enormous masses of water, something like the Tsunami in Southeast Asia," says Huibers, a contractor from Schagen, Holland. After years of thinking about it, he started building the ark in 2005.
"I want to let visitors visualize what the ark looked like to bring the account closer to those who believe, but also to those who don't," he says.
He built the ark on a barge so that it can be moved by tugboat to various sites in Holland and eventually to other countries. The three-story vessel is made of cedar and pine and is 230 ft. long, 31 ft. wide and nearly 46 ft. tall.
Life-size polyester elephants and zebras peek over rails, while giraffes reach into the rafters. Other assorted animals are scattered throughout the ark. The third level includes a display of ancient tools and old-fashioned barrels and a wax model of Noah reclining on a bed.
More than 300,000 visitors have toured the ark since it opened in April, 2007. Schools are encouraged to bring students who can take a quiz and follow elephant tracks throughout the ark. There are restrooms, a snack bar, and it's wheelchair accessible.
The cost of the project is estimated to be just under $1.2 million.
Anyone planning a trip to Holland, should check out Huibers' website to find where the ark will be docked.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, www.arkvannoach.com (Photos can also be found at www.pbase.com/paulthedane/noahs_ark).
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