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Life-size replica of Noah's Ark will come to San Diego

San Diego is one destination scheduled for this life-size Noah's Ark.
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arkofnoah.org

A huge replica of Noah’s Ark will make its way to San Diego sometime in the near future. 

The vessel is larger than a football field and can hold up to 5,000 people.

The project was constructed by Dutch carpenter Johan Huibers who built the ship in the Netherlands four years ago.

It is a part of a religious attraction and in partnership with The Ark of Noah Foundation. One day it hopes to raise enough money to sail around the world.  

Herald A.M.A. Janssen, the director of the foundation, said the five-story Ark will travel 5,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean via barge from the Netherlands to Brazil and dock in the ports of Long Beach, San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle thereafter. 

"We cannot promise how long it will take, but we will come to California," Janssen said. "You get the feeling that a lot of people and animals can fit on this boat."

The ship is currently a museum piece which depicts the story of Noah and his allegiance to God when he was tasked with doing the impossible; build a boat large enough to carry the animals of the world two-by-two through 40 days and 40 nights of rain, which flooded the Earth for five months.

In keeping with the ancient story, the ship also contains models of various animals and people.

The gigantic model will head to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this August and from there to the Paralympic games, Janssen told ABC 10 News.

Janssen said it's too early to determine when the craft will make it to San Diego's embarcadero, but he is keeping the faith.