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Christian Noah’s Ark attraction opens in Kentucky with life-size attraction

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. (AP) — A Noah’s Ark attraction built by Christians who say the biblical account of a worldwide flood really happened is now open in Kentucky.

The long-awaited Ark Encounter theme park, based on the Old Testament story of a righteous man who got a warning from God about a worldwide flood, debuted in central Kentucky Thursday. The Christian group behind the 510 foot-long wooden ark says it will demonstrate that the stories of the Bible are true.

Its construction has rankled opponents who say the attraction will be detrimental to science education.

Ken Ham, president of the group Answers in Genesis, says the date the Ark Encounter opens to the public, July 7 (7/7,) coincides with Genesis 7:7, the Bible verse that says Noah and his family entered the ark.

Ham says up to two million people could visit the ark in its first year.

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