Four years ago, a Dutch millionaire, Johan Huibers, had a dream that Holland would be flooded again, similar to the story of ‘Noah and the Ark’. His dream inspired him to build the exact replica of the Bible’s description of the Ark.
The measurements were based off the ancient measurement of the cubit which is the length of a man’s arm from the elbow to the fingertips. The Bible describes the dimensions as being 300 cubits long, 50 cubits wide and 30 cubits high which is why it took him and his team 4 years to complete.
Measuring at 450 feet long, he wanted to make the Ark more ‘touchable’ by filling the massive Ark with real live birds and plastic animals.
Sky News reported that the manager of the Ark, Deborah Venema-Huibers said that there were planning on sailing the Ark to the London Olympics, but were unable to to because the Olympics stated it had to be safer for visitors.
Because Biblical scholars disagree on what the Bible’s definition of ‘gopher wood’ which is what the Bible says Noah built the Ark out of, the boat was constructed by welding metal hulls off of several old barges and using Scandinavian pine for the skin of the Ark.
The construction of the Ark has drawn in it’s fair share of worried people according to Huibers. She has stated that several people are worried because of the Mayan prophecy of the end of the world this December.
She answers by telling them that this Ark was designed as a museum and not a rescue boat.
The ark is open to the public to tour. Watch the video below for more details.