The ark contains a museum. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Ceinturion / Ark of Noah Foundation
A full-size replica of the biblical vessel will be paying a visit to the Olympic Games later this year.
Devised by Dutch millionaire Johan Huibers after the idea came to him in a dream, the huge ark is nothing if not impressive. Measuring 410 feet long and weighing 2,500 tons, the vessel is home to an array of museum exhibits and is able to accommodate anywhere up to 5,000 people.
Now a Dutch Christian organization called the Ark of Noah Foundation will be taking the ship all the way to Brazil in time to join the celebrations at this year's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
"We want to allow thousands of people who are living in Brazil, underprivileged and orphan children, to experience the hope that comes from this story from the Bible that’s brought to life," said Huibers.
It isn't clear exactly how long the journey will take, but the plan is to reach Brazil by July before visiting several other countries including Argentina, Uruguay and Colombia.
There are also plans to stop off at cities in the US including San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle.
"We are so pleased with the very warm support of the private community in Fortaleza, our first stop in Brazil after crossing the Atlantic Ocean," said Ark of Noah Foundation director Herald Janssen.