Dutch Creationist Rolls Out Life-Size Noah’s Ark Replica

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Dec. 11 2012 3:30 PM

Dutch Creationist Rolls Out Life-Size Noah’s Ark Replica

Complete with mock giraffes and penguins, a life-sized replica of Noah’s Ark has opened to the public in the Netherlands just in time for the Mayan apocalypse.

The project is the result of a 20-year effort by Johan Huibers, a wealthy Dutch creationist who says he had a dream that resembled the biblical tale of Noah and the vessel he built when the Earth flooded. The 427-foot installation is scaled based on archaic units cited in the original holy text. There are a few live animals on the ship, including chickens and parakeets, but most are life-sized sculptures.

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For those who require more modern comforts at the end of the world, there is also a movie theater and a restaurant on board.

The finished attraction may not hold two of every species on Earth, but it can accommodate 1,500 people at a time.

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