In Miami Florida you can find what is often equated with the engineering feats of Stonehenge and the Great Pyramid of Egypt – Coral Castle. It was built by reclusive eccentric Edward Leedskalnin, who single-handledly erected gigantic quarried stones resulting in his enigmatic castle.
A small statured man barely weighing one hundred pounds, Ed quarried one piece of coral from the earth weighing over twenty-eight tons and then erected it himself! His accomplishments include a rocking chair weighing thousands of pounds that can be rocked with a finger, and an underground structure reached by climbing down a one-piece spiral stone staircase to a subterranean refrigerator.
A five thousand pound heart-shaped coral rock table with a red blooming ixora growing from its center, is believed to be the world’s largest valentine according to Ripley’s.
An obelisk taller then the great monolith at Stonehenge stretches forty feet toward the sky weighing fifty-seven thousand pounds!
Much of the site is calibrated to celestial alignments including an ingenious thirty ton telescope towering twenty-five feet above the complex, perfectly aligned to the North Star. A working sundial calibrated to noon of the Winter and Summer Solstice, is so accurate it tells time within two minutes.
Ed is said to have built the Castle for his “sweet 16” supposedly, a woman from his native Latvia who had promised to marry him and then changed her mind at the last minute.
The original site remained in Florida City until the mid l930’s at which time, the story goes, someone planned to build a sub-division nearby. A fanatic for privacy, Ed packed up his entire quarry and moved it to the present location in Homestead. No one ever saw him load or unload the massive tonnage from a friend’s truck he’d enlisted to transport the gigantic stones. The relocation progressed easily, and the entire complex was re-erected at its new location. In total Ed quarried over eleven hundred tons of coral rock for his Castle using tools fashioned from wrecking-yard junk, never revealing just how he managed to rise and position the massive coral blocks that make up his compound. An air of mystery surrounded the two story monolith known as the tower, which housed his workshop and living quarters. He was secretive and almost always worked at night; no one ever saw him.
Many have speculated as to how we managed this work of art. Everything from levitation, to magnetic control to ley lines have all been subscribed to explain this feat.
Ed died in 1951 taking the secrets of how he built this wonderful place with him.
And the mystery remains…