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The Rebuilding of Noah's Ark

Updated on June 5, 2011

Inspired by the past

Pictured here, Dutch Creationist Johan Huibers happens to be a contractor who believes in the literal truth of the Bible. He was inspired to build a replica of Noah's Ark as a testament of his faith and began constructing the ark in May, 2005.

He did most of the work himself, using his own hands. He used modern tools and had the occasional assistance of his son, Roy. It took about a year and a half to finish the project which is an amazing accomplishment, indeed.

Though inspired to create the ark, what was Johan Huibers motivation in carrying through with creating a replica of Noah's Ark? According to Johan, church attendance had decreased dramatically, and continually, in the Netherlands since 1960 and he wanted to do something to change that trend of decline. He hoped the project would renew interest in Christianity in the Netherlands and would have considered it a successful venture, should it turn out to be a reality.


Johan Huibers built his replica of Noah's Ark in Shagan Harbour, approximately 45 km north of Amsterdam. It is approximately half the size as that stated in the Bible; it is 150 cubits (225 feet) long, 30 cubits (45 feet) high and 20 cubits (30 feet) wide and is built solely of cedar and pine.

To put things in perspective for you, these dimensions make up two-thirds the length of a football field and the ark stands as tall as a three-storey house.

It is reported, however, that Johan is already working on his second ark - which will be built the actual size as the one Noah built before the great flood (which resulted from the rains that poured from the heavens for 40 days and 40 nights.)

Johan Huibers Ark: A Possible Visit?

Would you like to see Johan's Huibers replica of Noah's Ark, in person?

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What happens now?

The replica of Noah's Ark

has been built.

What plans have been made for it?

What purpose will it serve beyond occupying space?

Let's take a look inside...

The ark's interior is set up as a museum. As visitors enter the main area, they are greeted by a host of animal models. Of course, the models are life-sized - to grant proper perspective on the actual space inside the ark. Giraffes, elephants, lions, crocodiles, zebras and bison are only a few of the animals represented to fill visitors with wonder and awe.

In addition to all the models of the animals, the ark can comfortably hold a 50-seat film theater in which children can watch a video re-telling the story of Noah and his ark. It brings them back to some of the earliest times in the Bible and educates them about an event they might only hear snippets of but not totally understand.

There are some interesting plans made for the uncovered top deck. It will become a petting zoo complete with baby lambs, chickens, goats and a camel.

Photos of Johan's Ark

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What do you think of this magnificent replica of Noah's Ark created by Johan Huibers? It certainly helps put things in perspective, doesn't it? It's a work of art, indeed, and I would love to see it sometime myself. How about you?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: there are lots of mysteries of the world that we cannot expalin and I don't dare try to wrap my head around some of it. It doesn't make sense, but that's where faith comes in. I have no idea of the SUN is going to rise every morning or if the Moon will be in it's rightful place at the rightful time - it's faith that keeps me moving along and not having to worry about if I will have some AIR to breath the next morning or if GRAVITY will suddenly shift and we all float away. Now wouldn't that be a site to see.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Sorry but the Flood & the Ark are all true. The Bible is true. Perhaps you need to open up your heart & ask Jesus to enter in. He's real. Give Him a chance. He will not fail you.

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      Tony Bonura 4 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      I believe that the building of the replica and the proposed building a full sized version are labors of love.

      TonyB

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Awesome ! Great job ! God is smiling at you Johan Huibers.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Robin, you so rock! Exactly! What a waste of money too. Feed starving people? On no.. I'm going to an inaccurate, wasteful and useless freaking Ark!

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      PieterW 5 years ago

      Fascinating stuff. I'm constantly surprised by what drives and motivate people to do strange things. We can say what we want about this guy, but he has a goal, and I suspect in his own way his life has purpose - just like it did for Noah.

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      JoyfulPamela2 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      I would love to see this, too! Thanks for the interesting page about the ark. It would be cool to visit a full size ark. =D

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Poor guy. He's quite sick in the head. Even at only half the mythological size, it still manages to show how impossible the ark would have been to hold 2 of every species of animal alive at the supposed time. It would be interesting to see if he worked out the ventilation necessary to keep air in the lower decks from becoming stagnant and filled with methane from animal waste. And where would all of the insects be contained (all 2 million species of them)? Where was the food stored and how were the specific needs of each species diet satisfied?

      Nice job though. Kudos to the dedication and craftsmanship.

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      Shelly Sellers 5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      This is terrfic! Thanks for taking the time make this page.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 6 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Yes, fascinating! That's a replica I'd enjoy seeing. Blessed by a SquidAngel on the Back to School Bus Trip.

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      vauldine 6 years ago

      My philosophy as a Christian metaphysician is that we daily have to rebuild that ark in our consiousness if we are to embrace the God centered life to its fullest. It depicts a movement towars autheicity with spirit and spiritual living. Enjoyed reading!

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      Light-in-me 6 years ago

      Wow, I remember reading about this before it is fascinating. Nice job, thanks so much for the feature.

      Robin :)

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      Liz Mackay 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Absolutely fascinating.

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      globedancer 6 years ago

      Interesting lens Norma! I admire Johan's determination.

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      Teri Villars 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I thought Steve Carrell already did this? ha! Interesting subject. Have you been following the news where they are going to go into the ice to retrieve an "object" that is supposedly man-made and they are saying there is over an 80 percent chance it is the Ark? Hopefully, they won't find any Giant Squids in there along with the woolly mammoth!

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      tssfacts 6 years ago

      Never heard of this before. It does make the Bible come a bit more alive.

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      squid-janices7 6 years ago

      Wow - I had no ideas! Next time we are over in the Netherlands, we'll have to track this ark down for a visit.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Wow, I had no idea. This is awesome!

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      This is so cool!

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      Jeanette 7 years ago from Australia

      What an incredible project! This would be really interesting to visit. Great lens.

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      Kelsey-Budden-16 7 years ago

      Dang!! I just remembered this when I saw it! I wanna see but I'm nervous of the animal models lol.

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      AuthorNormaBudden 7 years ago

      @happynutritionist: I've never heard of it anywhere else...but it certainly would be nice to see this up close and personal.

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      AuthorNormaBudden 7 years ago

      One never knows where inspiration will come from, does one? :)

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      Robin S 7 years ago from USA

      Wow, what an interesting topic! Very cool!

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      happynutritionist 7 years ago

      Very interesting lens! Love it, I had heard about this somewhere before. Have you ever seen the replica of the Tabernacle in Lancaster PA? They have a great tour explaining the whole thing...too bad this isn't closer, I'd love to see it! ~claudia

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      AuthorNormaBudden 7 years ago

      @BarbRad: You're kindly welcome, Barb. It truly is fascinating and I would love to see it - or take a voyage on it - sometime.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 7 years ago from Templeton, CA

      Fascinating! I didn't know about this. Thanks for sharing.

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      AuthorNormaBudden 7 years ago

      @CherylsArt: You'll never believe where the inspiration for this lens came from: it was a forward in my e-mail this evening. I thought I'd check it out and was not disappointed. I knew it would be great for my "Back to Basics" lens because it had the right substance - something short and sweet.

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      Cheryl Paton 7 years ago from West Virginia

      Wow, it's so cool to see that someone actually did this and completed it. I saw signs about one going up (it was either in western part of Maryland or the eastern part of West Virginia) for years, but don't know if they ever got it completed.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Wow, this is so amazing. I sure enjoyed seeing this replica of Noah's Ark and reading about the Rebuilding of Noah's Ark by Johan Huibers

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I remember reading about this Noah's Ark replica. Thanks for sharing this with us. 5*