Oct 11, 2008

Noah's Ark Replica in Netherlands

I received the following information from a friend of mine (Thanks Lee :o). I included a few of the pictures and the original text of the e-mail. I clicked through to the site referenced, and construction started in July on a fill size ark that will travel the world. My text is red, other text is from the e-mail.

This is truly amazing! I cannot even imagine the loving labor, time, and money that went into this project. It's built to the specs as stated in the Bible, so it's incredible to see how large the vessel really would have been. Enjoy!

Working replica of Noah's Ark opens in Schagen, Netherlands (April 2007). The massive central door in the side of Noah's Ark was thrown open Saturday for the first crowd of curious Pilgrims and townsfolk to behold the wonder.

Of course, it's only a replica of the biblical Ark , built by Dutch Creationist Johan Huibers as a testament to his faith in the literal truth of the Bible. The ark is 150 cubits long, 30 cubits high and 20 cubits wide. That's two-thirds the length of a football field and as high as a three-story house. (1/2 the length, and 1/3 the width of the biblical version)

Life-size models of giraffes, elephants, lions, crocodiles, zebras, bison and other animals greet visitors as they arrive in the main hold. A contractor by trade, Huibers built the ark of cedar and pine - Biblical Scholars debate exactly what the wood used by Noah would have been. Huibers did the work mostly with his own hands, using modern tools and with occasional help from his son Roy. Construction began in May 2005.

On the uncovered top deck - not quite ready in time for the opening - will come a petting zoo, with baby lambs and chickens, and goats, and one camel. Visitors on the first day were stunned. "It's beyond comprehension," said Mary Louise Starosciak, who happened to be bicycling by with her husband while on vacation when they saw the ark looming over the local landscape.
"I knew the story of Noah, but I had no idea the boat would have been so big." There is enough space near the keel for a 50-seat film theater where kids can watch a video that tells the story of Noah and his ark. Huibers said he hopes the project will renew interest in Christianity in the Netherlands, where church attendance has fallen dramatically in the past 50 years.


  1. that is interesting and amazing!! and the dimensions in the Bible were accurate (I had no doubt they would be, LOL) my sister lives over there; I'm going to send her this link; I'm sure she knows about it, but I hope she/family get to see it before they move back to the States

    thanks Ken for posting this; absolutely amazing!

    have an awesome day


  2. This was very interesting.....thanks for sharing.

    Hugs, Rose

  3. That's really interesting! I think it's neat that they put in life-sized replicas of animals.


  4. Now how cool would it be to tour that ark! Amazing!

  5. That's soooo cool....I's sure like to tour it!

    Pooh Hugs,

  6. This is so amazing!! I would love to see this in person.

  7. My kids would totally be into it. How cool! I am going to show my oldest, especially your post. I think he will really enjoy reading it. Thanks for the interesting info!

  8. Wow! I read about it a while back, but to see some pictures makes it look even better than print. Thanks for sharing this, and have a good day.


  9. This is so super cool ... it has been a long time since I have wanted to add something to my 'wanna see' list, and this is something that I would want to see!


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