Noah's Ark replicas and derivatives

Numerous interpretations of Noah's Ark have been built and proposed. Some were intended to be replicas, i.e. as close as possible to the original, but the original, assuming it did ever exist, is no longer. Others are looser derivatives inspired by the idea.

The Biblical description of the Ark is brief beyond the basic measures of length, height and width, and the exact design of any "replica" must largely be a matter of conjecture. Some interpret the Ark as simply a chest-like structure with rectangular sides; other reconstructions (like Ark Encounter) give it a rounded bow and stern.


Full size interpretation of Noah's Ark in Dordrecht, Netherlands
Noah's Ark at Tsing Ma Bridge in Hong Kong, China
Ark Encounter themepark in Kentucky, United States

The Bible gives the length of the ark as 300 cubits. Various cubits were in use in antiquity, but to be considered "full-scale", an Ark replica would have to be somewhere in the range from about 135 to upward of 150 meters long (ca. 440 to 500+ feet).



Under construction


See also


  1. Dutchman Johan Huibers completes 20-year quest to build full-scale, functioning model of Noah's Ark, New York Daily News, December 11, 2012.
  2. Noah's Ark Replica Made By Johan Huibers Opens Doors In Dordrecht, Netherlands, David Moye, Huffington Post, July 30, 2012; accessed on line Oct. 7, 2015.
  3. 1 2 Hong Kong Christens an Ark of Biblical Proportions, Jonathan Cheng, April 14, 2009, Wall Street Journal (accessed on line Oct. 7, 2015.)
  4. 1 2 3 4 Latter-Day Noahs Build Arks, April 14, 2009, Wall Street Journal (accessed on line Oct. 7, 2015.)
  5. Replica of Noah's Ark built as symbol of hope, Greenpeace, May 31, 2007.
  6. Buried Alive, Oct. 31, 2008, Wall Street Journal (accessed on line Oct. 7, 2015.)
  7. A Man Called Freud Can't Keep His Phobia Buried, Matt Moffett, Wall Street Journal (accessed on line Oct. 7, 2015.)
  8. A full-size Noah's Ark will be built in Kentucky biblical park. The Tennessean – November 20, 2012
  9. Noah's Ark is a wash out after Hurricane Sandy may have pummeled the replica built for upcoming Darren Aronofsky flick, Ethan Sacks, New York Daily News, November 1, 2012; accessed on line Oct. 7, 2015.
  10. Four men build Noah’s Ark replica near Hialeah, Miami Herald, 15 April 2013.
  11. Cheryl K. Chumley – Florida man building Noah’s Ark replica to push environmentalism. The Washington Times – April 15, 2013.
  12. Evan Almighty production information, accessed on line Oct. 7, 2015.
  13. "Evan Almighty" most expensive film ever shot in Virginia, Mal Vincent, The Virginian-Pilot, June 22, 2007. Accessed on line Oct. 7, 2015.
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