Devout Christian businessman Johan Huibers, builder of the world’s only seaworthy life-size replica of Noach’s Tevah, is hoping to transport the gigantic ship to Israel.
Built according to the specifications detailed in the Torah, the 390-foot-long vessel towers to a height of 75 feet and cost nearly $5 million to build. It boasts enough wood to fell 12,000 trees. The ark instantly became an international tourist attraction when it was completed in 2012 after four years of construction.
“My preferred destination for the ark is Israel,” Huibers, 60, told JTA earlier this month. “This is a copy of God’s ship. It only makes sense to take it to God’s land.” It will cost $1.3 million to get to Israel as the ark has no motor, requiring tugboats to sail it).
“I love the land, I love the country, I love the people,” he said of Israel. “They don’t obey, they do what they want, they drive like mad, shove while waiting in line and don’t listen to anyone. Just like me.”
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