Edward Leedskalnin is at the origin of a great mystery, he would have discovered the secrets of the pyramids and would have used them to build his incredible coral castle, Leedskalnin coral castle.
Leedskalnin coral castle: when a love wound gives wings
Edward Leedskalnin (January 12, 1887 – December 7, 1951) was a self-taught engineer and amateur sculptor also known for his theories on magnetism.
In his youth, he was a sickly boy who often spent time reading books.
It is this passion that has helped him develop a curious mind and given him a thirst for knowledge that he will never stop quenching throughout his life.
At the age of 26 he was to marry a 16-year-old woman, Agnes Scuff, whom he affectionately nicknamed “sweet sixteen”, but she broke off the engagement just one day before the wedding.
He then decided to leave for the United States, but this break-up would mark him for the rest of his life and he would then dedicate his work, his coral castle, to his “sweet sixteen” in the hope of attracting his attention.
His plan was, for some, to become so famous through his castle that Agnes Scuff would hear about him and come back to him.
But even after the construction, and while he was famous, his childhood love will be questioned and she will confirm that his feelings have not changed, that she does not like him.
This story has inspired many artists, such as Billy Idol who evokes this lost love in his song “Sweet sixteeen”:
Edward Leedskalnin left for the United States and arrived in New York in April 1912.
He then lived in Canada, California and Texas, but after having had health problems (tuberculosis), he decided to move to a warmer place and settled in Florida.
On February 27, 1923, the Homestead Enterprise newspaper published a notice stating that “E. Leedskalnin, a Californian, has bought an acre of the RL Moser property and plans to build a house soon.
The mysterious construction of the coral castle
Once on his land, Leedskalnin, a sickly man, measuring a little over 1m 50 and weighing barely 50 kg, would spend 20 years building a massive structure that he would call “Rock Gate”.
After extracting large blocks from the coral rock on a neighbour’s property, he first sculpted a chair and then a table and finally made a whole castle.
He used various basic tools, available with his modest means, such as recovered wood and old car parts, to cut and move huge blocks of coral rock, sometimes weighing up to 30 tons!
And he was able to set them up with amazing accuracy without the help of any conventional machine.
Working alone and mainly at night, Leedskalnin extracted and sculpted more than 1,100 tons of limestone and oolite to make it an architectural and engineering masterpiece that would later become known as Coral Castle.
Despite his reserved personality, he finally opened Corail Castle to the public, offering visits for 10 cents.
When visitors ask Leedskalnin how he was able to move all these stones, he answers:
“I understand the laws of weight and influence and I know the secrets of the people who built the pyramids.”
He had also acquired skills in logging camps and came from a family of masons in Latvia.
He used this knowledge to cut and move these blocks.
This man with only a fourth grade education even built an alternating current generator, the remains of which are still exposed today.
Because there are no witness records, his methods continue to confuse engineers and scientists.
Ed’s construction secrets have often been compared to Stonehenge and the great pyramids.
Edward Leedskalnin coral castle: moving the castle
In 1936, under the pretext of buildings adjoining his property that would threaten his privacy in Florida city, Ed decided to move 16 km further to Homestead.
And then, for 3 years, he moved his castle piece by piece, leaving only one tower on the first site.
All the stones were transported on a borrowed truck but no one seems to have seen Leedskalnin load or unload the vehicle.
The owner of the truck told how he simply brought the vehicle to him in the evening and came back in the early morning to drive him, loaded with stones, to the other site, but even he did not know how the blocks were loaded or unloaded from the truck.
Leedskalnin only worked in the middle of the night, wanting to keep his technique for moving stones secret.
Edward Leedskalnin’s disappearance
In December 1951, Leedskalnin, who had been visiting his park since 1923, felt ill and left a sign warning that he was going to the hospital.
He reportedly had a stroke, and 3 days later, he died of a kidney infection at the age of 64 without revealing his secrets.
The realization of his life, the coral castle, is an eternal testimony to his great love for Agnes Scuff who occupied him for 28 years, from 1923 to 1951.
The only other tribute that can be compared to the coral castle is the Taj Mahal, built over more than twenty years and by several thousand slaves, as a monument to the King’s wife.
After his death, a nephew living in Michigan inherited the castle.
In 1984, Coral Castle was placed on the national register of historic monuments.
Still open to tourists today, it continues to attract around 65,000 visitors each year.
In 1991, Hurricane Andrews ravaged much of the United States, with Florida and Coral Castle remaining intact while everything around the site was devastated.
The coral castle and its masterpieces
The swing gate
This 9-ton swing door is so well balanced that it can be rotated with a very light touch of the finger. It is held by a simple iron rod resting on an automotive recovery mechanism.
This obelisk that Edward Leedsalnin would have carved and placed by himself, weighs more than 28 tons!
The coral castle tower
This tower is the only closed structure in the park, it contained its accommodation and a workshop, to which Leedskalnin did not allow access.
The accommodation consisted of a bedroom with two twin beds for children he had hoped to have, a tilting cradle, a rocker arm, an outdoor kitchen and the bathroom, all made of coral rock.
There was no piping and even less electrical connections.
A spiral-shaped stone staircase provided access to an underground structure which, it is assumed, was to serve as a refrigerator.
The coral castle telescope
This 8-metre high telescope, weighing over 30 tons, is perfectly aligned with the North Star.
Video on the coral castle
Source: coralcastle.com ; artivision.fr ; wikipedia ; edward leedskalnin chateau de coral, Photos: tables and chairs : Christina Rutz; Stone at the entrance to the castle, entrance to the castle, revolving door, polaris telescope, wall of the house, stone park, cubic stone, dwelling, interior of the house: Ebyabe ; Stone moon : Carol M. Highsmith; inside the coral castle: Barry Haynes
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