Saturday, August 10, 2013

Dutchman builds replica Noah's Ark after flood dream

Johan Huibers massive undertaking is a result of a dream he had that Holland was going to be flooded.

Huibers built his ark using the ancient measurements described in the Bible. The ark is 300 cubits long, 50 cubits wide and 30 cubits high. One cubit equals the length of a man's arm from his elbow to his fingertips, so the ark is more than 450 feet in length. It took Huibers and his team of 5 helpers more than four years to complete the project.

Unlike the Noah's Ark theme park planned for construction in the United States, Huibers' ark is actually seaworthy and he and his team had planned to sail it to the London Olympics. However, since the boat is made entirely of wood they weren't able to pass fire safety inspections in time.

Huibers has filled his ark with a menagerie of plastic animals and an assortment of live birds and visitors are allowed to tour the boat to see what it must have been like for Noah and his family.