Aug 18, 2011

Noah's Ark Theme Park to Rise in Kentucky

Noah's Ark are being rebuilt by Noah's followers who aim to prove truth of Bible in an office park in northern Kentucky, USA.

The biblical wooden ship built to weather a worldwide flood was 152 meters long and about 25 meters high, according to Answers in Genesis, a Christian ministry devoted to a literal telling of the Old Testament.

This modern ark, to be nestled on a plot of about 325 hectares of rolling Kentucky farmland, will be the centerpiece of a proposed $155-million religious theme park, called the Ark Encounter, and will include other biblical icons like the Tower of Babel and an old world-style village. However, the ark isn't designed to rescue the world's creatures from a coming deluge. It's to tell the world that the Bible's legendary flood story was not a fable, but a part of human history.

Mike Zovath, Project Manager of the ark, said: "The message here is, God's word is true. There's a lot of doubt: 'Could Noah have built a boat this big, could he have put all the animals on the boat?' Those are questions people all over the country ask."

The Ark Encounter is also part of an expansion of the ministry's first major public attraction, the controversial Creation Museum which opened in 2007 and attracted worldwide attention for presenting stories from the Bible as historical fact, challenging evolution and asserting that Earth was created about 6,000 years ago.

"The ark is really a different approach than the museum. It's really not about creation-evolution, it's about the authority of the Bible starting with the ark account in Genesis." Zovath said.

Inside the ark's headquarters in Hebron, a small team of artists and designers are working on the visuals at the new park, but once the project begins early next year, there will be hundreds at the creation, including a team of Amish builders from Indiana who will erect the giant ark. Many of the same people who helped design the museum are on board for the ark project, including Patrick Marsh, who helped build some of the attractions at Universal Studios in Florida.

Zovath said the ark will have old-world details, like wooden pegs instead of nails, straight-sawed timbers and plenty of animals - some alive, some robotic like The Creation Museum's dinosaurs. He said it has not yet been determined how many live animals will be in the boat during visiting hours, but the majority will be stuffed or animatronic. At their count, Noah had anywhere from 2,000 to 4,000 on board.

Zovath said construction on the ark is expected to begin in the spring.

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