God told Noah to build a big boat. This boat – an ark, which means “vessel” – had to be big enough to save Noah, and his family, and two of each kind of animal from a big flood. How big was Noah’s ark?
We read about these events in Genesis 6-9. Verse 15 says:
The ark is to be three hundred cubits long, fifty cubits wide and thirty cubits high…
A cubit is an imprecise measurement, something like the distance between an adult man’s elbow and the end of his fingers…around 18 inches, or 46 centimeters. A little math tells us the ark was approximately 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high. That’s around 137 meters long, 23 meters wide, and 14 meters high.
That’s as long as 52 water buffaloes.