Photo: Peter Dejong
Photo: Peter Dejong

Dutchman Johan Huibers has at last finished his 20-year quest to build a full-scale, functioning model of Noah's Ark — an undertaking of biblical proportions.

Stormy weather on Monday could do nothing to dampen the good mood of its creator, who claims the idea to build the ark came to him in a dream. In fact, the rain was appropriate.

In the Biblical story, God orders Noah to build a boat big enough to save animals and Noah's family while Earth is covered in an enormous flood.

Photo: Peter Dejong
Johan interpreted the description given in Genesis to build his ark. It measures in at a whopping 130 metres long, 29 metres across and 23 metres high.

Huibers says he realised a 20-year dream to educate people about history and faith. The new tourist attraction has been granted permission to receive up to 3000 visitors a day.

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