Dutch builder and evangelist Johan Huibers has nearly finished a full-size version of Noah’s Ark. The boat is 130 metres long, 30 metres wide and 23 metres high. The same as the measurements given in the Old Testament.
At the moment the Ark is populated by a number of life-size models of animals, including elephants and giraffes, since Noah supposedly brought two of every species on board. There is also an exhibition about the Biblical flood. Not because Johan Huibers is expecting the world to be destroyed by another flood any time soon, but in order, he says, to “bring the Bible story closer to people”.
You can go on board the Ark for a couple of euros, but it was financed mainly by the sale of a previous smaller version that Huibers built and by a bank loan. “It’s as if it had to happen. Every time there was a problem, a solution came along. “
Next year the Ark will be sailing across the North Sea to London in time for the Olympic Games. “And after that, Marseilles, Istanbul and Beirut maybe... who knows?”