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Replica of Noah's Ark opens doors

Published 10/12/2012|15:29

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Johan Huibers poses with a stuffed tiger in front of the full-scale replica of Noah's Ark (AP)
Lifesize replicas of penguins are seen outside a full-scale replica of Noah's Ark (AP)
Johan Huibers poses in front of the full-scale replica of Noah's Ark (AP)

A full-scale replica of Noah's Ark has opened its doors to the public in the Netherlands.

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Stormy weather could do nothing to dampen the good mood of its creator, Dutchman Johan Huibers. In fact, the rain was appropriate.

In the Biblical story, God orders Noah to build a boat big enough to save animals and Noah's family while Earth is covered in an enormous flood.

Mr Huibers interpreted the description given in Genesis to build his ark.

It measures a whopping 427ft long, 95ft across and 75ft high.

He said he realised a 20-year dream to educate people about history and faith.

The ark has received permission to receive up to 3,000 visitors a day.

Press Association

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