Has a dream ever given you a crazy idea? Maybe, drawing on something locked away in your subconscious, a dream inspired you to write a song or mend a long-dead relationship. Most of us who have these midnight moments of inspiration never act on them — but Johan Huibers did.

Thanks to a dream, the Dutch man went to his local harbor and started a project that nobody else dared to attempt in modern times. However, Johan wasn’t content showing off his new creation to just his family and neighbors. He wanted to show it to the world…

There are plenty of folks who are handy around the house, and then there’s Johan Huibers. When he gazes up at his life’s work, a wave of pride rushes over him. After all, he’s done what no other man has accomplished — at least, not for a few thousand years.

Back in the early 1990s, Johan had a terrible dream. The young businessman saw visions of a great flood ravaging his home province of Noord-Holland in the Netherlands. He snapped awake the next morning with an idea he just couldn’t shake.

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Though Johan didn’t have a chance to act on his peculiar idea for years, it never left his mind. Then, in 2008, people noticed some construction happening in the bay of Dordrecht. Across a foundation of 21 barges, a crew was assembling a great wooden hull.

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Four whole years later, Johan felt ready to finally unveil his dream-inspired masterpiece. A large crowd gathered around the wooden vessel as Johan’s crew lowered the gangplank. At long last, he brought everyone in on his secret.

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Johan built a full replica of Noah’s Ark! Inspired by his devout faith and an apocalyptic dream, Johan envisioned this ship as a way to educate and bring people together. He knew that only the most impressive recreation could accomplish this feat.

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In the book of Genesis, God tells Noah of a mighty flood coming to cleanse the Earth. In order to save all good creation, God instructs him to build an Ark that can safely carry a host of creatures through the storm.

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And Johan’s Ark can hold just as many passengers as Noah’s. He designed it according to the same dimensions described in the Bible. All in all, the ship is 410 feet long, 95 feet wide, and 75 feet tall.

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Plans for the Ark came with a hefty price tag of $1.6 million, but Johan insisted it was worth it. He didn’t skimp on any details either. As stunning as the Ark looks from the outside, the coolest features are deep within the ship’s decks.

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Just as Noah brought two of each animal aboard, Johan’s Ark has tons of incredibly lifelike sculptures. These statues give visitors a sense of just how many species of animals there are across the world. It’s almost like an actual zoo!

Johan also included lifelike habitats to go along with his animals to provide a sense of realism. After all, he says he believes every word of the Bible. That means Noah’s Ark must have provided aquatic animals with plenty of water.

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With incoming funds from visitors’ entry fees, Johan hopes to upgrade his exhibit to feature holographic animals. That would certainly make his Ark come to life — without any of the costs and labor to take care of an actual gorilla. At the same time, the Ark isn’t totally lifeless.

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On the top deck, an aviary houses birds of all shapes and sizes. It’s right next to a private apartment for Johan and his wife. When they stay overnight at the Ark, they wake up each morning to the beautiful sound of birds singing!

So far, only visitors in Northern Europe have been able to enjoy Johan’s biblical tribute, but that’s not due to any lack of ambition. In fact, people all over the world would have already toured the Ark by now if it weren’t for the mishaps getting in Johan’s way…

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Shortly after opening the Ark to the public, Johan planned to sail it to the 2012 Olympic Games in London. While the voyage from the Netherlands to the United Kingdom is fairly short, it proved too costly. 

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After all, Johan needed to hire tugboats to pull the Ark, which has no motor or sail of its own. In 2016, he again intended to go to the Olympics, this time in Brazil. But a disaster in his own backyard derailed the trip. It also threatened to destroy his life’s work.

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After making it to Oslo, Norway, Johan docked the vessel overnight. A nearby vessel then broke free of its moorings and crashed into the side of the Ark. It began to lift to one side, and water poured in through the opening.

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Thanks to the quick work of his crew, Johan patched up his Ark and stopped it from sinking into Oslo’s harbor. Less courageous individuals would have taken fewer risks after such a catastrophe, but Johan’s misfortune only made him bolder.

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In 2018, he announced he would sail the Ark all the way to Israel! “This is a copy of God’s ship,” Johan explained. “It only makes sense to take it to God’s land.” Estimating the trip would cost an additional $1.3 million, he started raising money.

Johan failed to hit his fundraising mark in 2018, but that turned out to be a blessing. Severe wildfires in Israel would have posed too great a danger to the Ark at that point in time. Nevertheless, as of December 2018, Johan was sticking to his grand vision.

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He insisted that his Ark would soon reach the Holy Land — and that will certainly be a special day. Just imagine worshipping in the Ark’s church just a short distance away from where Noah’s Ark landed after the flood!

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But Johan’s Ark still waited in Dordrecht’s harbor, entertaining guests from everywhere. That’s a true achievement. In a world filled with cynicism and doubt, Johan remained unafraid to pursue his own miracle. Or maybe, it’s not that outlandish afterall…

On a small Mediterranean island, a wall may have just delivered proof that the story of Noah’s ark is true. Experts have challenged the long-held theory and now present an entirely new perspective on history that is changing how people around the world believe.

       Ruad Island is located in the Mediterranean sea and is the only populated island of Syria. Ruad, which is more commonly referred to as Arwad in the middle east, holds a long and turbulent history.

Today the town of Arwad covers the entirety of the tiny island of Ruad, which is only a mere 49 acres, about .076 sq miles. Though it might be small, this speck in the sea holds one of the biggest mysteries in history.

The residents of Arwad are living amongst historical structures that are thousands of years old. One of the most iconic structures is the giant megalithic wall that once encircled the perimeter of the island.

The purpose of the wall is not entirely known. Some believe that it was erected as protection from the sea. Others posit that the wall was to ward off potential invaders. As a popular maritime landing, the small island could very well have been prone to attack for territorial gain. 

The actual construction of the wall has long been thought to be the work of ancient Romans who once ruled the island. But a recent analysis by historians has begun to call into question those enduring theories. 

The ancient inhabitants of Ruad have a very elusive and unchronicled history. While all this mystery is exciting and intriguing to historians, it’s also frustrating. Lack of answers means it’s tough to support the idea that the Romans built the wall.

Roman history is well documented. But when it comes to Ruad, there is no historical record in existence of any wall being erected. This important omission leaves us wondering, if not the Romans, then who?

The architecture of the wall suggests a much more ancient construction. A historian comments, “The wall of Ruad’s condition, along with the inexplicable nature of its construction, is notably indicative of lost knowledge but subsequently evades current explanation.”

Who were these people and where did they go? That is exactly the mystery still at hand, but the sudden disappearance of the island’s inhabitants would be in line with a catastrophic natural disaster, such as the great flood.

A video about this new argument was produced by Mystery History and has already garnered over 100,000 views and several comments. The subject matter is sensitive and somewhat polarizing given the religious context, which can often quickly complicate things.

The contemporary town of Arwad is primarily inhabited by Sunni Muslims, the largest denomination of Islam. Christianity and Islam are two of the largest religions in the world and despite popular misconceptions, they actually have a lot of similarities.

The Quran also tells the story of Noah and his building of the ark. According to the Quran, Noah’s preaching and prophet-hood spanned 950 years. Perhaps then, the people of Arwad today are excited by this emerging thought as further confirmation of their faith.  

The video by Mystery History defends this pre-flood civilization theory by asking, if the structure was created by our more modern ancestors as we have long believed, then why is this knowledge lost to the eons? Why did they not continue to construct like work?

The giant megalithic blocks that once made up the wall are only ruins today. It is irrefutably evident that at one point the wall did encompass the island. But time and weathering have long since erased the complete structure. 

Whether or not this new study of the wall proves the historical accuracy of the story of Noah’s ark is not yet confirmed. The response online has caused quite a stir, though. People have left comments to the video voicing their opinions.

One commenter said, “Son of God, Giant, built those buildings before the flood of Noah.” It’s hard to tell if this person is fully in support of the pre-flood postulation or not. But Giants are always an interesting theory to throw in the mix!

The remains of the wall that we have today are still a spectacle and have been a point of attraction for historians and history buffs alike. But this new theory about the wall’s history just might attract an even larger and more diverse group of visitors to the small island.

In fact, the people of Arwad have been planning to turn their little island into more of a tourist destination. The town, only accessible by boat, already boasts a beautiful marina. And with a history that has just been brought back into the light, this place could really be on the map!

While the secret of the wall is still uncertain, this new scrutiny has successfully done one thing. The emergence of this new theory has opened up the conversation about the ancient history of Ruad and its people for the first time in years.

While we might never all see eye to eye when it comes to religion or politics, we still all share a common history. If nothing else, may that unifying factor bring us closer together, in understanding, if not too in empathy.

Still interested in knowing more about this mysterious wall? Check out the full Mystery History video below. See if you can make up your own mind about the origins of these ancient ruins.