Johan Huibers and his ark
12/11/2012 at 06:05 PM EST
He may have trouble finding two animals of every kind, but Johan Huibers of the Netherlands isn't one to be dissuaded.
After 20 years, the professional builder completed his goal of building a full-scale, fully-operational version of Noah's Ark, using Genesis, books 6-9, in The Bible
as his guide.
Huibers converted cubits to modern measurements to pull off the feat, reports the Associated Press, leading to an impressive wooden vessel that is 427 feet long, 95 feet wide and 75 feet high.
But just to be clear, the Dutchman, a Christian, is not expecting a flood of Biblical proportions anytime soon.
"I had a call from American television," he told AP with a laugh. "This has nothing to do with the end of the Mayan calendar."
Instead, citing what The Bible
predicts might be in store for Earth, Huibers says, "I want to make people question that so that they go looking for answers." He also hopes people will ultimately find salvation through God and eternal life.
And while the ark is not currently occupied with multitudes of four-legged creatures – though there are reportedly some plastic and stuffed replicas of larger species onboard for atmosphere – there is a small petting zoo with ponies, dogs, sheep, rabbits and exotic birds aboard the ship, which is moored just south of Rotterdam, as well as a restaurant and movie theater that can seat 50.
See more photos inside the ark on CNN.com