Claiming to be the largest wooden structure in the world, the Ark Encounter contains a life-size replica of Noah’s Ark in the Bible, located in Williamstown, Kentucky.

Open to the public in 2016, the ark is 510 feet long, 85 feet wide, and 51 feet high, constructed based on dimensions derived from scripture. It contains three decks and each span more than 120,000 square feet. This is the replica of the ark mentioned in Genesis of the Bible which was built by Noah in response to the revelation of an impending flood. The ark took in all who believed in the prophecy and all the animals in their pairs.

1. It doesn’t actually move

 

Unlike the biblical version of Noah’s ark, this ark is stagnant in the theme park and has not been proven to actually survive a flood. We doubt anyone wants to verify that. The ark is held 15 feet (4.6 m) off the ground by a series of concrete towers.

2. The ark was allegedly built with $100 million

$62 million was raised from investors who bought Williamstown’s unrated municipal bonds, and about $38 million came from donors.

3. The theme park

The creationist theme park is called The Ark Encounter. In addition to the ark exhibit, the park features a petting zoo, zip lines, live entertainment, a 900-seat auditorium and a 1,500-seat restaurant.

4. It doesn’t contain any actual animals

 

There are no live animals on deck. However, there are models of animals, especially to represent the animals of that time in pairs. These include dinosaurs and unicorns. There are also other attractions inside the ark to give visitors a glimpse of what life in the ark was like.

5. Very controversial

As a condition of employment, people who apply for work at the Ark Encounter must sign a statement of faith, attesting to the creationist vision and disavowing homosexuality, same-sex marriage and premarital sex. This proves to be tricky, since excluding prospective hires based on religion is against the law.

6. Additional plans

Plans for additional phases of the park include a model of the Tower of Babel, along with replicas of an ancient walled city and a first-century Middle Eastern village.


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