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Dutchman builds modern Noah’s Ark

Dutch building contractor Johan Huibers is close to completing a full-sized replica of the legendary Noah’s Ark in Dordrecht, the Netherlands.

It all began in 1992, when Huibers dreamt of a flood. “I saw the Netherlands disappearing under an enormous mass of water, comparable with the tsunami in Southeast Asia,” he has said. “The next day, I found a book about Noah’s Ark in the local bookshop, and since then, my dream has been to build the ark.”

In 2008 Johan Huibers decided to realize his dream, which he had in 1992, and built Noah’s Ark real size. This Ark would be 10x the content of the smaller replica, which he built earlier. On board of the Ark there will be several biblical theme attractions, exhibitions and activities for all ages.

The building process is already 2 years in full swing and is close to being finished. In the summer of 2011 the Ark will be open to the public.

Huibers’ home province of North Holland is mostly situated below sea level and the risk of flooding is a sensitive issue in the Netherlands. A catastrophic flood in 1953 killed more than 1,800 people.

When completed, the full-size Noah’s Ark will remain in Dordrecht until the middle of 2012, when Huibers then plans to take his ship around the world, beginning with London in time for the Olympic Games.