“I have discovered the secrets of the pyramids, and have found out how the Egyptians and the ancient builders in Peru, Yucatan, and Asia, with only primitive tools, raised and set in place blocks of stone weighing many tons!”
– Edward Leedskalnin
Edward Leedskalnin was born in Latvia in 1887, and after his fiance broke off their engagement the night before their wedding, emigrated to the United States in at the age of 26. He worked for a bit at various lumber camps, then after contracting tuberculosis, moved to Florida City, Florida in 1919. Over the next 20 years, he built Coral Castle, a monument to his lost love.
To start the project, Ed quarried one piece of coral from the earth weighing over twenty-eight tons. He then began construction on his castle single-handedly. When he was done, 1,000 tons of stones were set in the form of walls, carvings, furniture and a castle tower. The 8 foot coral walls surrounding the property fit together with amazing accuracy even though they were constructed without cement or mortar. So well in fact, that no light shines through the adjoining pieces. The castle also includes a rocking chair weighing thousands of pounds that rocks with ease and an underground structure that is reached by via a one-piece spiral stone staircase.
The site is also calibrated to celestial alignments, including a 30 ton telescope that sits 25 feet above the complex, which is aligned to the North Star. He also built a working sundial that is calibrated to the noon of the Winter and Summer solstice and is accurate to within two minutes. The site also contains an obelisk, a barbecue, a water well, a fountain, celestial stars and planets, and numerous pieces of furniture. The furniture pieces include a heart-shaped table, a table in the shape of Florida, twenty-five rocking chairs, chairs resembling crescent moons, a bathtub, beds and a throne.
In the mid-1930’s, Ed found out that a sub-division was being planned nearby, so he moved the entire castle to the present location in Homestead.
While this castle is incredible in and of itself, the most amazing part is that Edward, a 100 pound sickly man, built the entire estate by himself. He was a secretive man and worked almost exclusively at night. While he was almost never seen, a group of teenagers reported seeing him work. They claimed 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”.
Ed disputed contemporary science and believed, “all matter consists of magnets which can produce measurable phenomena, and electricity.” Ed would say he had “re-discovered the laws of weight, measurement, and leverage,” and that these concepts “involved the relationship of the Earth to celestial alignments.” His notebooks are full of schematics for magnetism and electrical experiments. He wrote a series of pamphlets which included his theories on magnetism and cosmic force, still available today, including “Magnetic Current”.
There seems no logical way that a man as small and frail as Edward would be able to move stones that were much larger than any man could carry. Yet, he was able to not only move them, but build a massive monument with great precision. When people asked Leedskalnin how he had moved all of the stone by himself, he refused to give over his method and would only reply to whoever was asking with the same statement: “I understand the laws of weight and leverage and I know the secrets of the people who built the pyramids”.
Researchers have speculated that Ed learned the secret of levitation, anti-gravity, or reverse-magnetism. But Leedskalnin would only say that the process was “not difficult if you know how.”
Leedskalnin continued to work on the castle up until his death in 1951. However it was that he managed to make the Coral Castle, he took his secrets with him to his grave.