Tuesday, January 27, 2009
A man with too much time on his hands:
Working Replica of Noah's Ark Opened In SCHAGEN, Netherlands . The
Massive central door in the side of Noah's Ark was opened the first
Crowd of curious 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 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. 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 trad e! , 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 past 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, a Christian man, said he hopes the
Project will renew interest in Christianity in the Netherlands ,
Where church going has fallen dramatically in the past 50 years.