Thursday, August 4, 2011

Florida's Coral Castle

If you are looking for a fun place to visit in South Florida, I highly recommend the Coral Castle. Located just south of Miami, the Coral Castle is the life work of Ed Leedskalnin who worked secretly to build this monument to his lost love. From 1923 to 1951, Ed secretly carved over 1000 tons of coral rock.

He created one of the world's most mysterious accomplishments, rivaling Stone Henge and the Great Pyramids. The castle was made with limestone megalithic stones, the largest of which were bigger than those used to construct the Great Pyramid of Giza. Ed said that he had "discovered the secrets of the pyramids."

The crescent moon on the bottom right of the above photo is one of two crescents behind the moon pool pictured below.

Unlike Stonehenge or the Great Pyramids, Ed's workshop and tools still remain at the castle. The center piece of the work shop is a magnetic fly wheel. Did Ed us magnetic forces to levitate the megaliths? Ed always worked in secret at night. Some kids reportedly said after spying on him that he made the stones float. Things that make you go "hmmm...."

Billy Idol's song "Sweet Sixteen" was inspired by the coral castle.

Ancient Animals

Plants find a home among the stones.

If you are in Florida or plan to visit I hope you will have time to check it out. It is definitely worth a day trip.

Cory Trusty


  1. Great post, I read about this guy some time ago but haven't gone yet, looks like a wonderful place to go and see a very creative work of art.

  2. Love it! I need to go visit!
    Gari Anne
    Bead Lovers Korner

  3. This is AWESOME!
    thank you for sharing!

  4. i've always wanted to visit this -- i have a vague idea of a 'round-florida road trip i mean to take eventually.

    thanks for sharing!!