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Etats-UnisUn Disneyland pour les créationnistes

Une Arche de Noé «grandeur nature» construit en suivant scrupuleusement les descriptions bibliques ouvre cette semaine au Kentucky.

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Visitors pass outside the front of a replica Noah's Ark at the Ark Encounter theme park during a media preview day, Tuesday, July 5, 2016, in Williamstown, Ky. The long-awaited theme park based on the story of a man who got a warning from God about a worldwide flood will debut in central Kentucky this 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. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Visitors pass outside the front of a replica Noah's Ark at the Ark Encounter theme park during a media preview day, Tuesday, July 5, 2016, in Williamstown, Ky. The long-awaited theme park based on the story of a man who got a warning from God about a worldwide flood will debut in central Kentucky this 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. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

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epa05409408 Visitors gather outside Ark Encounter, a 100 million USD, 510-foot-long re-creation of Noah's Ark in Williamstown Kentucky, USA, 05 July 2016. Ark Encounter is the brainchild of Australian-born creationist Ken Ham; it was built with the help of state tax incentives and the sale of 62 million USD in junk bonds.  EPA/JIM LO SCALZO

epa05409408 Visitors gather outside Ark Encounter, a 100 million USD, 510-foot-long re-creation of Noah's Ark in Williamstown Kentucky, USA, 05 July 2016. Ark Encounter is the brainchild of Australian-born creationist Ken Ham; it was built with the help of state tax incentives and the sale of 62 million USD in junk bonds. EPA/JIM LO SCALZO

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epa05410060 (30/31) Visitors tour the newly-opened Ark Encounter, a 100 million USD, 510-foot-long re-creation of Noah's Ark in Williamstown, Kentucky, USA, 05 July 2016. Ark Encounter is the brainchild of Australian-born creationist Ken Ham; it was built with the help of state tax incentives and the sale of 62 million USD in junk bonds.  EPA/JIM LO SCALZO PLEASE REFER TO THE ADVISORY NOTICE (epa05410030) FOR FULL PACKAGE TEXT

epa05410060 (30/31) Visitors tour the newly-opened Ark Encounter, a 100 million USD, 510-foot-long re-creation of Noah's Ark in Williamstown, Kentucky, USA, 05 July 2016. Ark Encounter is the brainchild of Australian-born creationist Ken Ham; it was built with the help of state tax incentives and the sale of 62 million USD in junk bonds. EPA/JIM LO SCALZO PLEASE REFER TO THE ADVISORY NOTICE (epa05410030) FOR FULL PACKAGE TEXT

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Un impressionnant projet de 100 millions d'euros ouvre ses portes aujourd'hui au fin fond du Kentucky. Ark Encounter est un parc d'attractions consacré à l'arche de Noé. Le clou du site? Une structure en bois de 160 m de long, ­fidèle à la description biblique du bateau du ­Déluge, avec les répliques de 7000 couples ­d'animaux.

Le projet s'adresse avant tout aux 45 millions de chrétiens américains qui sont ­persuadés que Dieu a créé l'homme il y a moins de 10 000 ans, comme le disent les écrits saints.

«Prendre la bible au sérieux»

Le fondateur espère attirer plus de 1 million de visiteurs par an. «On n'essaie pas d'imposer un point de vue aux visiteurs. On veut seulement amener les gens à prendre au sérieux ce que dit la Bible», explique Ken Ham.

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