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The Coral Castle

The Coral Castle is an oolite limestone structure created by Edward Leedskalnin in 1923 and is located in Leisure City, Florida. These stunning structures are comprised of numerous megalithic stones, mostly limestone formed from coral, each weighing several tons. It is currently 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 or supernatural abilities to move and carve numerous stones weighing many tons.

Coral Castle Entrance

Coral Castle Entrance

According to the Coral Castle’s own promotional material, Edward Leedskalnin was suddenly rejected by his 16-year-old fiancee Agnes Skuvst in Latvia, just one day before the wedding which left him completely broken hearted. Upon leaving for America, he was allegedly diagnosed with terminal tuberculosis, but spontaneously healed claiming that magnets had some effect on his disease.

Edward spent more than twenty eight years building the Coral Castle, refusing to allow anyone to view him while he worked. Edward only worked at night and when asked how he was achieving such feats, he would reply mysteriously: “It’s easy when you know how…”. A few teenagers claimed to have witnessed his work, reporting that he had caused the blocks of coral to move like hydrogen balloons but this couldn’t be confirmed.

Edward Leedskalnin

Edward Leedskalnin

Studying pictures of Edward working on the castle, many speculate that a strange box seen above the hoist may have been an anti gravity device. The only tool that Leedskalnin spoke of using was a “perpetual motion holder”. Several people have created working, small and large replicas using this technology and it is certainly an interesting device, although I am yet to see rock moved by this method.

To deepen the mystery, Edward claimed that he knew “the secret of how the pyramids of Egypt were built!” which suggested he was using the same or similar technology. After all, how could a five-foot tall, one hundred and ten pound man accomplish such a feat without knowing techniques that are uncommon to our contemporary understanding of physics and mechanics?

Coral Castle Black Box

Coral Castle Black Box – Was this his secret?

Edward Leedskalnin took issue with modern science’s understanding of nature. He states that they are flatly wrong. His concept of nature is simple. All matter consists of individual magnets and it is the movement of these magnets within materials and through space that produces measurable phenomena, i.e., magnetism and electricity.

Whether Leedskalnin was right or wrong in his assertions, from his simple premise he was able to devise a means to single-handedly elevate and maneuver large weights which would be impossible using conventional methods. Is it really possible that he was employing electromagnetism to eliminate or reduce the gravitational pull of the earth?

After working for a solid twenty eight years using his secret methods, Edward became ill in November 1951. He put a sign on the door of the front gate which said: “Going to the Hospital” and took the bus to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. Leedskalnin suffered a stroke at one point, either before he left for the hospital or at the hospital. He died twenty-eight days later of Pyelonephritis, a kidney infection, at the age of 64. His death certificate noted that his death was a result of “uremia; failure of kidneys, as a result of the infection and abscess.” He never revealed his secret.

A seclection of tools Edward used

A seclection of tools Edward used on display.

Perhaps the mystery was just a tool used by this incredibly intelligent individual to drive sales and ensure his continues income and financial support? After being broken hearted by his ex fiancee he created the Coral Castle as a tribute to her. Perhaps he felt cheated by her and projected this onto his visitors by openly deceiving them?

After watching this rare footage, you can clearly see Edward using the basic techniques from his time to build these incredibly structures. Does this actually answer the mysteries surrounding Edward and the Coral Castle? What do you think? Comment below!

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The Coral Castle
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How was this incredible place built by one man using primitive technology. Did he actually know the secrets of the ancient Egyptians as he claimed?
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