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Dutchman unveils full-size replica of Noah's Ark

December 11, 2012, 9:53 amAAP

A full-scale replica of Noah's Ark has opened its doors to the public in The Netherlands.

Dutchman unveils full-size replica of Noah s Ark

Dutchman Johan Huibers has at last finished his 20-year quest to build a full-scale, functioning model of Noah's Ark — an undertaking of biblical proportions.

Photo: Peter Dejong

Stormy weather on Monday could do nothing to dampen the good mood of its creator, who claims the idea to build the ark came to him in a dream. In fact, the rain was appropriate.

In the Biblical story, God orders Noah to build a boat big enough to save animals and Noah's family while Earth is covered in an enormous flood.

Photo: Peter Dejong

Johan interpreted the description given in Genesis to build his ark. It measures in at a whopping 130 metres long, 29 metres across and 23 metres high.

Huibers says he realised a 20-year dream to educate people about history and faith. The new tourist attraction has been granted permission to receive up to 3000 visitors a day.

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  1. Joe05:23am Monday 17th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    sory about my speling i hardly went to shool please forgive me now i am 70 years old,god bless you agan,

  2. Joe03:18am Friday 14th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    joe galea don't seek religion seek jesus the giver of life,michael,JESUS SAID,'I AM THE WAY,THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE,NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH ME, You have notghing to loose,but to gayn,that kud save you from eternal hell,and every word of prophesies in the bible all came tru, remember he is a BIG GOD,it takes a big GOD TO CREAT THEV EARTH ROUND AND EVERY TINGH STEY IN PLASE,MAY GOD BLESS YOU,

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  3. 02:14pm Wednesday 12th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Jesus and all that is in the Bible are NOT REAL. Jesus never existed , He was copied from the Egyptian Book Of The Dead. Read it and you will see that all religion was invented to control the Masses, nothing more & NOTHING LESS. i respect the fact that people have faith. I need tangible proof. If any 1 has proof that anything in the bible happened or the people in it ever existed then let me know , i will be happy to listen to any Fairy Tale you can come up with.

  4. Tony12:29pm Wednesday 12th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I think there was a mystery pair that went on the ark not reported as the Bible says and Noah went forth

  5. Stephen11:35am Wednesday 12th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    roofie every word in the bible was written by third parties sometimes hundreds of years after the event, and then it has been rewritten and edited by every church official for the last 2000 years,in a time when people still believed in vampires and evil spirits, hardly a convincing read, good kids stories though.

  6. roofie06:55am Wednesday 12th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    The comments here confirm Jesus' words that "wide is the road and many travel upon it that leads to destruction, narrow is the road and few (relatively) find it that leads to eternal life. "ALL SCRIPTURE is given by God..........(2 Timothy 3:16) Every word of The Holy Bible is 100% true and that will be clear when The Lord Jesus Christ returns to His earth. Scoffers, you trash The Holy Bible at your own peril!

  7. Tanysha12:35am Wednesday 12th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    It can't be a "replica" if it never existed.

  8. ahbid11:37pm Tuesday 11th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    “And construct the ship under Our Eyes and with Our Inspiration and address Me not on behalf of those who did wrong; they are surely to be drowned.” (Quran11:37) “Until when Our Command came and the lowlands gushed forth, overflowing, We said: ‘Load it with two of each kind of animal (male and female), and embark your family, except against whom the Word has already gone forth, and those who believe.’ And none believed him except a few.” (Quran 11:40) “Embark therein; in the Name of God will be its course and its anchorage. Surely, my Lord is Oft Forgiving, most Merciful. So it sailed with them amidst waves like mountains...” (Quran 11:41) “And Noah called out to his son, who had separated himself (apart), ‘O my son! Embark with us and be not with the disbelievers.’ The son replied, ‘I will betake myself to a mountain; it will save me from the water.’ Noah said: ‘This day there is no saviour from the Decree of God except him on whom He has mercy.’ And a wave came in between them so he (the son) was among the drowned.” (Quran 11:42-43) “‘O Earth! Swallow up your water, and O sky! Withhold (your rain).’ The water was diminished (made to subside) and the Decree (of God) was fulfilled (the destruction of the people of Noah). And it (the ship) rested on Mount Judi, and it was said: ‘Away with the people who are wrongdoing.’” (Quran 11:44)

  9. Spokeye09:56pm Tuesday 11th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I admire his conviction and determination but someone should explain to all fundamentalists that this is a story of faith, not history. The story of Noah was a Babylonian myth adapted to a Jewish audience during the exile (around 597-538 BCE). This is obvious if you read the Bible. Genesis Ch 7 tells us that Noah took seven pairs of the 'clean' animals onto the ark, presumably so that he could offer sacrifice to God. Yet the Laws concerning these sacrifices were not given until at least around 1200BCE. Even from a fundamentalist point of view there is a logical problem. Worship God, not the Bible. PS my favorite part of this Noah story is when he gets drunk and crashes out in his tent. This was the best man God could save so how bad were the rest? Does anyone else out there have trouble with Numbers 31?

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  10. Eric09:50pm Tuesday 11th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I wonder where he and Noah put the 12,000 species of ants, the polar bears (complete with adequate refrigeration) and the on board river so the fish that require water passing through their gills in streams would survive? Of course, Noah's family will need to carry all the bacteria and viri common to humans so these can be passed on to future generations. Did Ham choose Lyme Disease and syphilis, and Shem meningitis and cholera? What a fun trip it must have been!