The creationist ministry Answers in Genesis have cut the ribbon on a 510-foot-long (155 meters) Noah’s ark replica which cost more than $100 million to build. Built precisely to the dimensions specified in the Book of Genesis, the ship in Williamstown, Kentucky stretches a staggering 450 feet (137m) long, stands 75 feet (23m) high and is 45 feet (14m) wide.
Adherents of the ministry believe in the literal word of the Bible, including that God created everything about 6,000 years ago — man, dinosaur and everything else — so dinosaurs still would’ve been around at the time of Noah’s flood (scientists say dinosaurs died out about 65 million years before man appeared).
Inside are museum-style exhibits with displays of Noah’s family along with rows of cages containing animal replicas, including dinosaurs. There is also the Ararat Ridge ZOO with animals from around the world. You can even ride on a donkey or camel while imagining you live in biblical times. For all adrenaline enthusiasts, there are several zip lines, some of them are 1,000 feet or longer.
The replica supposedly represents a symbol of protection from worldly dangers and the encroachment of secularism. President of Answers in Genesis, Australian Ken Ham, said he believed it would be one of the ‘greatest Christian outreaches of this era in history.’
It was, however, criticized by evolutionists, who say it will be detrimental to science education.