The Rebuilding of Noah's Ark
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?
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 ArkClick thumbnail to view full-size
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?