A full-scale replica of Noah’s Ark is set to make a 5,000-mile journey across the Atlantic Ocean from its home in the Netherlands to Brazil this summer.
It’s another chapter in the dream-project of Dutch carpenter, Johan Huibers, who completed the four-year construction of the boat in 2012. Up until now the ark has been a popular religious attraction in The Netherlands, but soon it will be time for the 400-foot reproduction of the biblical Noah’s Ark to travel via barge to South America.
Huibers said he built his modern-day ark using the same measurements used by Noah. It’s larger than a football field, stretching 410 feet long, 95 feet wide, and stands 75 feet tall. It weighs 2,500 tons and holds more than 5,000 people at one time.
Huibers hopes the journey to Brazil and subsequently to venues in South, Central, and North America will serve as a “journey of hope” and help spread the message of the Bible.
“We want to allow thousands of people who are living in Brazil, underprivileged and orphan children, to experience the hope that comes from this Bible story from the Bible that’s brought to life,” says Huibers.
After a two to four year stay in Rio De Janerio, Brazil, Huibers plans to bring the ark to Montevideo, Buenos Aires, Havana, Panama, and Colombia. The ark will then head north, making stops in San Diego, Long Beach, San Francisco and Seattle, according to the foundation’s website.
Although the Noah’s ark replica will be crossing the Atlantic for Brazil this summer, there are currently no plans to stock the ark with animals, two-by-two.
To find out more about the Ark of Noah project, visit arkofnoah.org.