A towering vessel more than 400 feet long and nearly 100 feet wide, it’s impossible not to be awestruck by the life-size replica of Noah’s Ark.
The ark came to creator Dutch carpenter Johan Huibers in a dream, according to the Ark of Noah Foundation. And now it will take the ultimate sea voyage: sailing from the Netherlands across the Atlantic to Brazil.
“We want to allow thousands of people who are living in Brazil, underprivileged and orphan children, to experience the hope that comes from this Bible story from the Bible that’s brought to life,” Huibers said in a video on the Ark of Noah’s website.
By its dimensions and outward appearance, this ark certainly fits the description of the one built by Noah in the Bible, meant to carry the animals two by two to save them from the flood.
But on the inside, this version of Noah’s Ark is a little different. Like a museum, the interior boasts multiple floors of exhibits and interactive experiences, and there’s even a movie theater.
To facilitate the ark’s journey, the Ark of Noah foundation is accepting donations. According to a press release, crowdfunding has begun in the U.S. and the organization plans to reach out to private investors internationally as well.
“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,” Janssen told ABC News. “[We also appreciate] the warm welcome of the City Hall of Rio de Janeiro … which has extended the invitation that we are welcome to visit the beautiful port of Rio de Janeiro, next to the old city.”
It is slated to arrive in Brazil in time for the 2016 Summer Olympics.
“The target is to reach Fortaleza in July, and reach the Paralympic Games 2016 in Rio de Janeiro by Sept. 7,” Janssen said.
Then, the ark will sail along the Atlantic to places in the United States like San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle.
“We cannot promise how long it will take, but we will come to California,” Herland A.M.A. Janssen, director of the Ark of Noah Foundation, told CBS8 in an interview.
Whether you get to see it in person or not, it’s certianly an epic sight to behold.