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Dutchman builds a copy of Noah's Ark

April 12 2006

47-year-old Christian from the Netherlands Johan Heybers decided to build a wooden boat, exactly corresponds to this description in the Bible, Noah's ark.

He hopes his brainchild will attract children and tourists. The Dutchman was sorry that in today's schools children do not tell the story of the Flood .

That educational purposes poses a Heybers: "We will tell this story, we will fill this gap." enthusiast building a new ark of cedar and pine .

According to the biblical Book of Genesis, God gave a description of the ark in which Noah and his family and pairs of animals were saved from the flood: "length of the ark 300 cubits, its width - 50 cubits, and its height - 30 cubits."

Ark, which had been worked Heybers, modest Bible, it is about five times smaller than the original. New Noah's Ark is 50 meters long and 13 meters in height.

Heybersa ship can move on the water - at the bottom of the ark is a modern steel barge, although the Dutchman's ship is in the form and the door to board.

By Owls Heybersa, the idea to build Noah's ark came to him for about 30 years ago in a dream. Work on the construction of the Dutchman began three months ago. Build an ark, moored in a small bay in the vicinity of Amsterdam, Heybersu help friends and his 17-year-old son. The construction is planned to spend 1 million euro, informs Reuters.

According to the plans Heybersa went into the ark of the future, children will be able to see a pair of animals that live in the building, as if they were saved Noah from the flood . Young visitors also will be offered a diorama of the Flood. There, inside the ark, will house a restaurant and gift shop, said the agency Reuters.

The Biblical story of Noah's ark is still worried about humanity.

Every few years, Mount Ararat , where according to Genesis, the ark stopped, sent scientific expeditions whose purpose - to find the remains of the ark, or confirmation of the history of the flood. In 2003, Ararat visited Russian expedition led by renowned journalist and orientalist Andrey Polyakov . In 2004, Turkish authorities denied the group Polyakova a scientific expedition.

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