Can this 3,000-ton ark really cross the Atlantic Ocean?

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PASADENA, Calif. — A Christian organization based out of California is hoping to bring the biblical story of Noah’s Ark to life.

The Ark of Noah Foundation built a life-sized replica of Noah’s Ark. The replica is 95 feet wide, 410 feet long, 75 feet tall and can hold 5,000 people.

The ark, which was created by Dutch carpenter Johan Huibers, will travel on a barge from the Netherlands to Brazil this year, making four stops along the coast of the U.S. After docking in Brazil, the ark will make stops throughout South, Middle and North America. The U.S. stops will include San Diego, Long Beach, San Francisco and Seattle.

Huibers told USA Today the idea to build the ark came to him in a dream. Huibers said in his dream a massive flood covered all of Noord-Holland in the Netherlands. The ark is meant to bring, “the experience of hope through the teachings of Jesus Christ to visitors worldwide.”

People who visit the life-sized replica will experience Bible-based stories and exhibitions, according to the organization’s website.

The organization plans to stream the voyage live on the Internet.

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