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Noah’s Arc in the Netherlands


If you’re into the Judeo-Christian faith or looking for some interesting Bible activity, but don’t want to live in Israel, consider relocating to the Netherlands. The reason is that Johan Huibers, a contractor, has recently constructed a replica of Noah’s Ark in Schagen, Netherlands.


This version of Noah’s Arc has been created in the same exact size as measured in the Bible: 150 cubits long, 30 cubits high and 20 cubits wide. To put that in perspective, it is two-thirds the length of a football field, and as tall as a three-story home. Inside, it imitates the Biblical interior by displaying life-size models of giraffes, elephants, lions, crocidiles, zebras, bison and more! It is made out of cedar and pine wood, but Biblical scholars debate exactly what wood Noah would have used.

noah-1Huibers built this replica mainly with his own hands, with the help of modern tools and assistance from his son, Roy. Huibers is a Christian who hopes this will revive interest in the religion in Holland, as church-going has declined in recent years. The arc’s construction began in 2005, and has recently opened to the public. There is also enough space for kids to watch a movie about Noah’s arc. The top of it has not been completed, but Huibers is planning to finish it off with a petting zoo that has chickens, baby lambs, goats and even a camel.


“It’s past comprehension,” said Mary Louise Starosciak, a visitor who had biked by it on a visit. “I knew the story of Noah, but I had no idea the boat would have been so big.” Other visitors were equally as stunned by such a creation.

Schagen is a municipality and a town in North Holland, in the region of West-Frisia. It is most famous for its West-Frisian markets, which occur from June to September. It also has a castle, shops, restaurants, pubs, terrace cafes, swimming pool, bowling alley and tennis courts. Click here for some other photos of the city.


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