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Real-life Noah's Ark to visit Rio Olympics


Posted on Friday, 29 April, 2016 | Comment icon 16 comments

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.


Source: Times of Israel | Comments (16)

Tags: Noah, Ark

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Comment icon #7 Posted by Calibeliever on 29 April, 2016, 17:17
Uh... It's not a full-sized replica. It's half the size, according to reports. Still, a grand achievement. The math doesn't work at all: "“And this is how you shall make it: The length of the ark shall be three hundred 8 cubits, its width fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits,” His measurements are 410x95x75 feet according to the article... so: 410/308 = 1.33 95/50=1.9 75/30=2.5 What measurement system is he using? Or is he just making s**t up ... Oh, and where did the dinosaurs sleep?
Comment icon #8 Posted by TheOtherSide1945 on 29 April, 2016, 19:31
Hopefully it sinks, it is time for the world to move on from religious superstitions. This is a disgusting waste of resources.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Podo on 29 April, 2016, 20:07
Proper heading: Religious person builds giant boat based from middle-eastern mythology, wastes millions of dollars' worth of resources.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Codenwarra on 30 April, 2016, 10:18
""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." In reality, he means to sucker children and others with no critical sense into a fundamentalist version of Christianity that even most Christians regard as false. The steel framing and engines will be carefully hidden, I expect. But then again, why bother, most of the kids will not notice.
Comment icon #11 Posted by GreenmansGod on 30 April, 2016, 10:20
I guess the thing isn't seaworthy. They are loading it on a barge to get it to the olympics. Not much of a boat if you ask me. I hope they all be safe, if thing goes down.
Comment icon #12 Posted by stereologist on 30 April, 2016, 13:27
There is a Noah's Ark museum in Kentucky that has thought police that stop people from questioning the exhibits. Does that happen in this one?
Comment icon #13 Posted by Dragan on 5 May, 2016, 14:33
There is a Noah's Ark museum in Kentucky that has thought police that stop people from questioning the exhibits. Does that happen in this one? Lol!
Comment icon #14 Posted by Summerin1905 on 5 May, 2016, 18:33
its only a replica if there 2 of every animal male and female.
Comment icon #15 Posted by atom2084 on 27 May, 2016, 18:28
Is it the amount of posts here that change the name under our avatar? Oh well I don't give **** either way I've just always been curious. I don't have the time to post as much is some of the lunatics on this board do. In regards this this Noah's Ark replica: It's a good thing they did not try and traverse the seas leaving their fate up to God. Having the Ark barged there was a smart move for the investors.  I suppose it will kindle some sort of hope for the poor and orphaned, but then when it goes away they will be back in their misery. Still a magnificent achievement, and although it seems a ... [More]
Comment icon #16 Posted by Hammerclaw on 18 June, 2016, 3:36
A flat bottom riverboat isn't an ocean going vessel. Without a keel it would easily capsize in a storm, much like the Mongol fleet that attempted to invade Japan.  


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