New Noah's Ark in Ky. aims to prove truth of Bible

By Dylan T. Lovan

Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 17 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT

This July 7, 2011 photo shows plans for a proposed religious theme park called Ark Encounter, at the Ark Encounter headquarters in Hebron, Ky. Noah's ark will be the centerpiece of a proposed $170 million religious theme park that has been approved for $40 million in taxpayer-funded incentives, upsetting activists who think public tax dollars should not be used to fund a religious theme park.

Dylan Lovan, Associated Press

HEBRON, Ky. — Noah's followers are building another ark. This one's sitting in a nondescript office park in northern Kentucky, destined for a new religious theme park.

The park is being opened by the Answers in Genesis ministry, which is devoted to a literal interpretation of the Old Testament.

The new ark is being built to the specifications of the Bible: 500 feet long and 80 feet high. And they're using the same materials and craftsmanship they think Noah would have used.

The ark will be the centerpiece of a proposed $155 million religious theme park, called the Ark Encounter, and will include other biblical icons like the Tower of Babel and an old world-style village.

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