Friday, 26 March 2010

Know Yer (Noah 's) Ark

I got this amazing story from my friend SITA

Man Builds Noah's Ark (exact scale given in Bible).
Working Replica of Noah's Ark Opened In SCHAGEN, Netherlands.
The massive central door in the side of Noah's Ark was opened the first crowd of curious townsfolk to behold the wonder.
Of course, it's only a replica of the Biblical Ark , built by Dutch Creationist Johan Huibers as a testament to his faith in the literal truth of the Bible.

The ark is 150 cubits long, 30 cubits high and 20 cubits wide. That's two-thirds the length of a football field and as high as a three-story house.
Life-size models of giraffes, elephants, lions, crocodiles, zebras, bison and other animals greet visitors as they arrive in the main hold.
A contractor by trade, Huibers built the ark of cedar and pine. Biblical Scholars debate exactly what the wood used by Noah would have been.
Huibers did the work mostly with his own hands, using modern tools and with occasional help from his son Roy. Construction began in May 2005. On the uncovered top - deck not quite ready in time for the opening - will come a petting zoo, with baby lambs and chickens, and goats, and one camel.
Visitors on the first day were stunned. "It's past comprehension", said Mary Louise Starosciak, who happened to be bicycling by with her husband while on vacation when they saw the ark looming over the local landscape.
"I knew the story of Noah, but I had no idea the boat would have been so big." There is enough space near the keel for a 50-seat film theater where kids can watch a video that tells the story of Noah and his ark. Huibers, a Christian man, said he hopes the project will renew interest in Christianity in the Netherlands, where church going has fallen dramatically in the past 50 years.

If you are visiting the Netherlands keep this on your MUST SEE list.

In India many people have built small sized Taj Mahals. If fact a man has built a life size Taj Mahal in Bangla Desh using the same kind of marble and materials India is not pleased about it. You simply must not duplicate an existing national monument which is a tourist attraction and a world heritage site.

BTW in Dehra Doon, the capital of Uttrakhand state there is a hotel called The White House, but it does not look like "the" White House. And one can safely brag and say,"Oh I was a guest at The White House. And I wasn 't gate crashing."

This got me thinking. Which Biblical site would I like to reconstruct if I had the means and expertise?

A garden would be my choice. Mount of Olives,the Garden of Gethsemane -Prayer Garden. And 6 years ago I claimed a promise from God to make my church and campus like a flourishing land pictured in Ezekiel 36.

In Central India, (outside Hyderabad) a Christian man who is a retired geologist has constructed a replica of the Old Testament Tabernacle , but not to scale, or building material .It is a concrete structure. Its used as a church . He plans on building a Noah ' s Ark too. They get many visitors throughout the year.

I think its a very good way of evangelism in a place where visual experience makes a strong impact.

There is one Biblical structure each Christian is a part of.


I am just wondering which Biblical site or building would you re-construct if you could? Any ideas?

7 Fertilize my soul:

Glennis said...

Amrita, this is amazing, it looks so huge, much larger than I imagined, and so very workable, there is room for lots of big animals. Thanks for finding and posting this info.
If I could and I know it is not possible I would re-create The Garden of Eden. With a big high barbed wire electric fence around the tree of knowledge!

Glennis said...

I also agree there can only be one real Taj Mahal, it is such an awe inspiring place, I just stood and gazed in wonder til I had to sit down on the steps still in awe, there is just something about it.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting about this amazing structure....I found out about it around a year ago or so...and it begs to be brought up again..just awesome...
I think I'd like to see the Garden of Eden too....with a river running through it....a place to reflect on how far off we are and what life was supposed to be like....

David C Brown said...

I think I'm happy to wait for the new Jerusalem!
Meanwhile, "yourselves also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God by Jesus Christ" 1 Peter 2: 5.

Kate said...

Hmmm... That is a very interesting question. As a linguist, I think I would choose the Tower of Babel.

Amrita said...

Find everyone 's comments very interesting.

Good idea Kate, the tower would be a bit like the United Nations.

Unknown said...

This story is amazing! I pray that this does help to draw people back to God in the Netherlands.I don't know what I'd want to recreate from the Bible, but the ark is so fascinating, I'd love to see it.
Thanks for posting this story.