Dutch contractor re-creates Noah's Ark

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You don’t have to scour the Bible for clues on how to find Noah’s Ark. Just head to the Netherlands.

Since April of this year, Dutch contractor Johan Huibers has allowed visitors to tour his hand-built ark, which can be seen floating around the canals of Holland, according to a report on Sail-World.com. At 225 feet, it is a little more than two-thirds the length of a football field and about as tall as a three-story house. (The Bible says that the original ark would have been 450 feet.) And it’s outfitted with life-size models of giraffes, elephants, lions, crocodiles, zebras, bison and other creatures.

“The design is by my wife, Bianca,” Huibers says in the report. “She didn’t really want me to do this at all, but she said if you’re going to do it anyway it should look like this.” It’s built of cedar and pine.

Huibers got the idea to build it in May 2005, when he had a dream that Holland was flooding, according to BBC News. Huibers says he had had a similar dream in February 1992 and knew he had to build the ark. Total cost of the project was around $1.2 million, according to Sail-World.com.

Guests are charged admission to walk through the ark, which includes a 50-seat theater for presentations. Even so, at least 100,000 people will have to visit the ark for Huibers to break even, according to Sail-World.com.

— Elizabeth Ellis