Dutchman builds full-scale replica of Noah's Ark
A professional builder from Netherlands has built a full-scale, fully-operational version of Noah's Ark, using Genesis, books 6-9, in 'The Bible' as his guide.
Johan Huibers converted cubits to modern measurements to make the Ark, leading to an impressive wooden vessel- 427 feet long, 95 feet wide and 75 feet high.
But, Huibers, a Christian, is not expecting a flood of Biblical proportions anytime soon.
"I had a call from American television. This has nothing to do with the end of the Mayan calendar," People magazine quoted him as saying.
Instead, citing what 'The Bible' predicts might be in store for Earth, Huibers said, "I want to make people question that so that they go looking for answers."
He also hopes that people will ultimately find salvation through God and eternal life.
And while the ark is not currently occupied with four-legged animals - there are reportedly some plastic and stuffed replicas of larger species onboard for atmosphere - there is also a small petting zoo with ponies, dogs, sheep, rabbits and exotic birds aboard the ship.
The ship is moored just south of Rotterdam and has a restaurant and a movie theatre that can seat 50.