‘Mayan Apocalypse’: Dutch Man Builds Full-Scale Replica of Noah’s Ark [Video]

Dutchman Johan Huibers has finished his 20-year quest to build a full-scale, functioning model of Noah’s Ark – an undertaking of, well, biblical proportions.

A Dutch creationist is putting the finishing touches on a full-size replica of Noah’s Ark, which he has built according to a blueprint set out in the Bible.

After 20 years, the professional builder completed his goal of building a full-scale, fully-operational version of Noah’s Ark, using Genesis, books 6-9, in The Bible as his guide.

It actually took him three years and more than $1.6 million to constructing the gigantic wooden boat.

Translating to modern measurements, Johan Huibers came up with a vessel that works out to a whopping 427 feet (130 meters) long, 95 feet (29 meters) across and 75 feet (23 meters) high.

Perhaps not big enough to fit every species on Earth, two by two, as described in the Bible, but plenty of space, for instance, for a pair elephants to dance a tango.

This puts the boat, which opens to the public on Monday and is nicknamed ‘Johan’s Ark’, at more than half the length of the Titanic.

As it weighs in at almost 3,000 tons and is made from Swedish pine reinforced with steel, it may be hard to believe that the ark is, in fact, seaworthy.

According to the Daily Mail, it is docked in the western city of Dordrecht, where Mr Huibers, the owner of a construction company, pieced it together with the help of some friends and two of his children.

For Huibers, a builder by trade, it all began with a nightmare he had in 1992, when the low-lying Netherlands was flooded, as it has been many times throughout its history, the ABC Local reports.

A Dutch builder believes that new floods are possible, not least due to global warming. He cites a New Testament passage prophesying that “the cities of the coast shall tremble” near the end of times.

Instead, citing what The Bible predicts might be in store for Earth, Huibers says, “I want to make people question that so that they go looking for answers.” He also hopes people will ultimately find salvation through God and eternal life.

He has been obsessed with bringing the story of the ark to life ever since and in 2004 he built a half-scale version and floated it along the country’s canals.

And while the ark is not currently occupied with multitudes of four-legged creatures – though there are reportedly some plastic and stuffed replicas of larger species onboard for atmosphere – there is a small petting zoo with ponies, dogs, sheep, rabbits and exotic birds aboard the ship, which is moored just south of Rotterdam, as well as a restaurant and movie theater that can seat 50.

Well, actually, according to a well-known underwater archaeologist, the great flood that is central to the biblical tale of Noah’s ark might actually have happened, writes the Times Live.

Robert Ballard, the man who found the wreck of the Titanic, said he had located an ancient shoreline on the Black Sea that he believes is proof the flood did take place.

According to Genesis 8:4, after the flood, the vessel came to rest “in the mountains of Ararat”, believed to be located in present-day Armenia and Turkey.

So maybe building an ark is not such a bad idea?

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