Noah’s Ark

            The animals went in two by two, hurrah! hurrah!
The animals went in two by two, hurrah! hurrah!
The animals went in two by two, the elephant and the kangaroo
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A Noah’s Ark replica? Could this be true?! Why yes, yes it is. It’s home is in Dordrecht – an old Dutch city, harvested in the southern most part of Holland. Words can’t describe how excited I was to see this wooden boat. Sure, I was a bit skeptical and my expectations were (I thought at the time) unrealistically high, but wow. The moment we pulled up, my expectations were exceeded and precious childhood church memories began flooding my mind – I might have sung the song above a couple… ok, ten+ times. The size, the architecture, the detail, it was all unbelievable… and to think, we still had the entire inside to explore.

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The story behind the ark: Johan Huibers’ began dreaming of building an exact replica of Noah’s Ark in 1992. After much planning (and saving – this feat was not cheap), Johan built a mini version, which was equivalent to 1/2 the size of the original ark. He sailed the mini ark through the canals of the Netherlands, bringing the story of Noah to life… but he felt that wasn’t enough.

In 2009, he began building an exact replica, in which he used the Bible as his guide and only resource. He and his team worked over 20,000 hours (WOW!) on this project and finally completed in 2012. The doors of the ark were first opened in summer of 2012. What an amazing story of dedication, determination and perserverance.

 To help convey the massive size, the ark weighs in at almost 3,000 tons and is made from Swedish pine (dimensions – 427 feet (130 meters) long, 95 feet (29 meters) across and 75 feet (23 meters) high – that’s a lot of Swedish pine) and reinforced with steel. And for those of you wondering, yes, the ark is in fact, seaworthy.

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Apologies in advance for the picture overload – felt as though everything was worth sharing, but unfortunately had to draw the line (was a bit scared my blog might actually blow up if I continued to add images). As you can imagine, this doesn’t even begin to touch on all of the amazing things included in the ark (think multiple movie theaters, a restuarant, LIVE animals, explanations and demonstrations of how Noah built the ark and their food supply, models of Bible story after Bible story… I could go on and on)!

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How I envision Noah hanging out with the animals – no big deal.

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40 days and 40 nights later, the rain stopped!

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Whether you call Holland your home or are touring the country (happy vaca!), this is definitely a site to see and one that’s friendly and entertaining for all ages. No matter what your religious preference or belief, put this on your agenda – you’ll be glad you did.

XX – Whitney

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4 comments on “Noah’s Ark

  1. Hey Whitney,
    I’ve read about the Dutchman, Johan Huibers taking 20 years to build the ark. It’s an amazing feat and a testament to his persistence. Thank you for a good blog.
    Aunt Jude

  2. Sarah marinkovich-durfee says:

    This is the most amazing thing ever. Is it really the same size? And the sing is in my head now :)

  3. Brenda Nixon says:

    Hey Whit, This will be on the list when we come to visit! :)

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