A Dutch carpenter has built a life-sized replica of Noah’s Ark and now plans to take it on a journey from the Brazilian city of Fortaleza to Rio de Janeiro, as well as parts of North America.
The Blaze reports that Johan Huibers originally got the idea for building the ark in a dream.
“At 33 years old, building constructor and carpenter, Johan Huibers dreamt that a fierce storm-tide flooded the entire province of Nood-Holland in the Netherlands,” reads a description on the foundation’s website. “That dream marks the start of an exciting adventure in which Johan overcame seemingly insurmountable obstacles to achieve his ultimate goal; the building of a replica of Noah’s Ark!”
Huibers hopes to use the ark as an opportunity for evangelistic outreach.
"The Ark is a massive replica that is interactive, informative, cultural Biblical event center,” christiannewswire.com explains. “Noah’s Ark provides a Judeo-Christian, Bible based experience for young and old.”
The ship weighs around 2,500 tons, is 95 feet wide, 75.5 feet high, 410 feet long, and can accommodate 5,000 people. Huibers built it according to the guidelines in Genesis 6.
The ark has been on display since 2012, when Huiber finished it, but this summer it will be embarking on its first voyage.
Watch the videos below to learn more about the ark, sometimes called “Johan’s Ark,” and its upcoming voyage.
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Publication date: April 26, 2016