“Carved from 1,100 tons of coral rock”
Coral Castle is a stone structure created by the Latvian American eccentric Edward Leedskalnin (1887–1951) north of the city of Homestead, Florida in Miami-Dade County at the intersection of South Dixie Highway (U.S. 1) and SW 157th Avenue. The structure comprises numerous megalithic stones (mostly limestone formed from coral), each weighing several tons. It currently serves as a privately operated tourist attraction. Coral Castle is noted for legends surrounding its creation that claim it was built single-handedly by Leedskalnin using reverse magnetism and/or supernatural abilities to move numerous stones weighing many tons and carving them.
According to the Coral Castle's own promotional material, Edward Leedskalnin was jilted by his 16-year-old fiancée Agnes Scuffs in Latvia, just one day before the wedding. Leaving for America, he came down with allegedly terminal tuberculosis, but spontaneously healed, stating that magnets had some effect on his disease.
Edward spent over 28 years building the Coral Castle, refusing to allow anyone to view him while he worked. A few teenagers claimed to have witnessed his work, reporting that he had caused the blocks of coral to move like hydrogen balloons. The only tool that Leedskalnin spoke of using was a "perpetual motion holder."
The grounds of Coral Castle consist of 1,100 short tons (1,000 t) of stones in the form of walls, carvings, furniture and a castle tower. Commonly referred to as being made up of coral, it is made of oolite, also known as oolitic limestone. Oolite is a sedimentary rock composed of small spherical grains of concentrically layered carbonate that may include localized concentrations of fossil shells and coral. Oolite is found throughout southeastern Florida from Palm Beach County to the Florida Keys. Oolite is often found beneath only several inches of topsoil, such as at the Coral Castle site.
The Coral Castle remains a popular tourist attraction with various pop culture speculations regarding how Leedskalnin was able to construct the structure and move stones that weighed many tons. The Coral Castle site states that "if anyone ever questioned Ed about how he moved the blocks of coral, Ed would only reply that he understood the laws of weight and leverage well." He also stated that he had "discovered the secrets of the pyramids", which of course could be interpreted in either esoteric or engineering terms.
Glad I finally had the opportunity to see this. While the admission is a little steep (especially of you have the whole family), it's worth checking out...very unique!
guy who builded that was crazy, but the castle IS impressive!
The tour guides add exponentially to the appeal of this place. Just looking at stone, you can't tell what is really so special about it, but once they start telling you about the little 5'0" 100lb guy who poured his broken heart into this place, you get it! We had a rough time in the parking lot trying to communicate with the parking attendant (who didn't speak very good /any English) & my mother was ready to just leave. Once we got in and they started showing us the different features of the place even she was impressed. Masons and Eastern stars will we recognize several meaningful symbols here. It was the hottest part of the day when we went, please don't make that mistake! We had our own bottled water, but one in our party had to stay in the shaded area due to the heat and missed being up close to several parts of the tour.
A must see for those who enjoy the oddities in this world. Actually, i think most people would enjoy it, as it has a fascinating story behind it and is quite unique. I can see where the admission price might be steep for a large family on a vacation budget.
The price range isn't correct, it should be $$. $15 per person.
Whether the legend is true or not, (I personally don't believe it), it's an fascinating site to see.
This place is crazy! Definitely take the tour, because the history just really adds so much to the experience. They're great with kids, too!
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