In 1993, Johan Huibers was reading a story to his children before sleeping. The subject ? Noah's ark. And that gave him a crazy idea - build his own replica of the Ark. Of course, his wife laughs in his face, telling him that if he manages to finish it, they "can all go on vacation on the moon".
But Johan did not give up, and managed to finish his first version of the ship 2006. However, he was not yet really satisfied; because the Ark was not "Only half the size of the one described in the Bible". So he was more determined to go further.
Two years laterJohan was joined by amateur carpentersand together they started building a replica full size from Noah's Ark. In 2012it was finished and finally open to the public. The biblical boat cost the small sum of1.6 million euros to build. Johan admitted a little later: "You know, we are not professionals. Many things here are a bit wobbly and awkward. "
It's hard not to be amazed at the gigantic size of the boat and its pretty little details. L'Arche is complete with wooden animals, full size, including gorillas, elephants, and rhinos - as in the Bible. This interpretation of the Ark was a very popular attraction toDordrecht, the Netherlandsbut unfortunately she was closed to visitors ... all because of the inconvenience between Johan and members of the city council.
The Ark was built in accordance with all the specifications of the Hebrew Bible. The replica had a frame of lead and was made of American cedar and pine wood. She weighed near 2,500 tonnes, and could contain more than 5,000 people at a time. As for its height, it equaled a building of 5 floors!
Initially, Johan planned to sail until Brazil for the Olympic Games Rio 2016 but, for security reasons, the plan fell into the water and was paused. Now, his favorite destination for the Ark would be Israel. "It's a replica of the Ark of God. It is therefore logical to bring him to the earth of God. " Johan has therefore planned to bring the boat there, once the conflict in the country has been resolved.
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