A replica of the ark that saved Noah and his menagerie of animals from Biblical floods is set to open in the central U.S. state of Kentucky, and thousands are expected to visit the attraction, though not necessarily two-by-two.
The ark, said to be built to the proportions specified in the Bible, is 155 meters long and seven stories high, and cost an estimated $100 million.
"I believe this is going to be one of the greatest Christian outreaches of this era in history,'' said Ken Ham, president of Answers in Genesis, the ministry that built the ark. But critics say the attraction will be detrimental to science education and shouldn't have won Kentucky state tax incentives.
Ham said the massive ark was entirely based on the tale of Noah, the man who the Bible says received a warning from God about a massive flood. Inside are museum-style exhibits: displays of Noah's family along with rows of cages containing animal replicas, including dinosaurs.
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