By Stephen Wagner, About.com Guide
Did a Latvian immigrant rediscover the secrets to the building of the pyramids... of levitation... of anti-gravity? His amazing "castle" may hold clues to long-lost powers.
Coral Castle in Homestead, Florida, is one of the most amazing structures ever built. In terms of accomplishment, it's been compared to Stonehenge, ancient Greek temples, and even the great pyramids of Egypt. It is amazing - some even say miraculous - because it was quarried, fashioned, transported, and constructed by one man: Edward Leedskalnin, a 5-ft. tall, 100-lb. Latvian immigrant.
Many men have single-handedly built their own homes, but Leedskalnin's choice of building materials is what makes his undertaking so incredible. He used huge blocks of coral rock, some weighing as much as 30 tons, and somehow was able to move them and set them in place without assistance or the use of modern machinery. And therein lies the mystery. How did he do it?
It's estimated that 1,000 tons of coral rock were used in construction of the walls and towers, and an additional 100 tons of it were carved into furniture and art objects:
- An obelisk he raised weighs 28 tons.
- The wall surrounding Coral Castle stands 8 ft. tall and consists of large blocks each weighing several tons.
- Large stone crescents are perched atop 20-ft.-high walls.
- A 9-ton swinging gate that moves at the touch of a finger guards the eastern wall.
- The largest rock on the property weighs an estimated 35 tons.
- Some stones are twice the weight of the largest blocks in the Great Pyramid at Giza.
How Leedskalnin managed this feat of engineering has remained a mystery all these years because, incredibly, no one saw him do it. A secretive man, Leedskalnin often worked at night by lantern light. And so there are no credible witnesses to how the small, frail man was able to move the huge blocks of rock. Even when he moved the entire structure to Homestead, neighbors saw the coral blocks being transported on a borrowed truck, but no one seems to know how Leedskalnin got them on and off the vehicle.
Next page: How did he do it?
FINISH THIS ARTICLE HERE >>>> Next
THIS IS A BONUS.. ABOUT CORAL CASTLE
Coral Castle: Ed Leedskalnin’s Labor of Love, Homestead, Florida
Divine inspiration, a way of cheating death, monument to human ability, or simply a compulsive inability to stop building. There are plenty of motivations for building yourself a castle, but few motivators are as strong as the sorrow of lost love. When Latvian Ed Leedskalnin was jilted by his sweet 16 fiancee on the day before the wedding, it was to send him on a mysterious and marvelous path of creation.
Coral Castle, Homestead, Florida
The Coral Castle, originally dubbed Rock Gate Park by Leedskalnin, is perhaps the most mysterious of all the self built castles. After his heartbreak, Ed moved to the US, and eventually Florida, where he began working on his great monument to lost love.
Born in 1887 to a family of Latvian stone masons, the 5 foot 100 pound Ed used these skills to move blocks of Oolitic Limestone (fossilized coral) weighing 30 tons, and 25 feet tall. This makes some of the stones in the Coral castle taller than in Stonehenge and heavier than in the great pyramid of Giza.
The castle contains many wonders including a sundial, a rocking stone, a 500 pound heart-shaped stone table (a “Valentine” for his lost love), and a 9 ton gate made to spin with just a light tough. Due to Ed’s secrecy, leading him to work at night, and a policy of letting no one see his working methods, much speculation is given to some magical or ancient power Ledeskalnin used to move the giant stones. But what is more impressive to us here at Curious Expeditionsthat this tiny Latvian man spent his entire life cutting and moving these massive stones as a monument to the loss of his “Sweet Sixteen”.
(Sources: Wiki, Coral Castle Site, Roadside America, Kircher Society, Weird US, a slightly shizophrenic site claiming to have unlocked Ed’s secrets, and a site debunking the myth. One should be sure to watch this priceless video of a mustachioed Leonard Nimoy talking about the castle in “In Search Of,” also of interest may be this man, and Billy Idol’s video “Sweet Sixteen” about Ed.)
Coral Castle was built in the early 20th century by an eccentric Latvian recluse named Edward Leedskalnin who allegedly left Latvia when he was rejected by his 16 year old fiance. He would never marry and would spend 30 years of his life building a Coral Castle and its surrounding buildings, for his alleged 'Sweet Sixteen'. Leaving for America, he came down with terminal tuberculosis. He allegedly spontaneously healed, stating that magnets had some effect on his healing.
Leedskalnin was a 100 pound 5-foot tall man who wound up in Homestead, Florida on a ten-acre tract of land just south of Miami, Florida. Somehow he allegedly managed to single-handedly lift and maneuver blocks of megalithic stones, mostly coral, weighing up to 30 tons each, to create not only a castle but other things.
How Leedskalnin worked has never been discovered, though he labored for 30 years. The veracity of his doing this alone is impossible to prove because he worked at night, hidden from the eyes of observers. He seemed to know when he was being watched. On those occasions he wouldn't lifted the stones and stopped working.
Some suggest that he used a form of antigravity device to build the castle. Numerous designs have been suggested for this device, some using "harmonic sound waves", some using magnetism, and numerous other proposals.
Leedskalnin himself claimed that he knew the "secret" of the ancient Egyptian pyramids, and some allege he used those secrets to assemble the structure. He was quoted as saying, "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."
However, it's likely Leedskalnin constructed the castle using simple traditional means,
as pictures exist of him constructing the castle with blocks and tackle.
A 5,000 pound heart-shaped coral rock table,
with a red blooming ixora growing from its center. Many of the features of the castle are notable, including a table with a flower planted in the middle. He stated that he wanted the table to have flowers on it every day of the year.
There are also machines to tell time, home-made air conditioners and other electrical devices, as well as a nine-ton revolving door that is so well-balanced that a child could open it with the push of a single finger.
Celestial Objects Leedskalnin was a student of the universe.
Much of the Coral Castle site is calibrated to celestial alignments.
A 22-ton obelisk stretches 40 feet toward the sky.
22-ton moon block
Comprised of three 18-ton pieces of coral, represents
the first quarter, last quarter, and the full moon.
A series of concentric coral circles is said to represent the solar system.
Nearby stand Mars, which he believed sustained life, and Saturn
Rocker and Sundial
Sundial, calibrated to noon of the Winter and Summer Solstice,
is so accurate it tells time within two minutes. 30 ton telescope, towering twenty five feet above
the complex, perfectly aligned to the North Star.
Gates - Doors - Energy
Entrance to Coral Castle is made through a gate fashioned from a single coral block weighing nine tons. This miraculous monolith is approximately 80 inches wide, 92 inches tall, and 21 inches thick. It fits within a quarter of an inch of the walls on either side and pivots through an iron rod resting on an automobile gear. The enormous block balances so perfectly on its center of gravity that a visitor can easily push it open with one finger. People who are sensitive to electromagnetic energies fields will sometimes report headaches while standing inside the archway of the nine-ton swinging gate - door - thought to be over a vortex - and a major grid point of the planet.
Another gate at the opposite wall
An air of mystery surrounded his two story monolith, known as The Tower, which housed his workshop and living quarters which no one was permitted to enter. It is located just inside the courtyard, to the immediate right. Inside is a flight of stone steps ascending to a single doorway near the top. It leads to the highest point in the area and a small room. This chamber is occupied only by a leather hammock and a crude wooden table piled with primitive tools - chains, saws, many kinds of drills, wedges, hammers, chisels and crowbars. Tools also festoon the walls. This imposing tower was raised with approximately 243 tons of coral cut into cyclopean blocks weighing from four to nine tons each.
Theories Edward Leedskalnin disputed contemporary science and believed all matter consisted of magnets which could produce measurable phenomena, and electricity. Ed would say he had rediscovered the laws of weight, measurement, and leverage" and that these concepts involved the relationship of the Earth to celestial alignments. He claimed to see beads of light which he believed to be the physical presence of nature's magnetism and life force, or what we term today, 'Chi'. Many people report that he used harmonics combined with grid energies and celestial alignments to do his work.
Harmonics are often thought to lift objects. Tibetan Monks combine their harmonics to elevate heavy objects.
'Tibetan Sound Levitation Of Large Stones Witnessed By Scientist'. In his work Diamagnetic Gravity Vortexes, found in the book Anti-Gravity and The World Grid David Hatcher Childress, postulates that the area of South Florida at Coral Castle (considered part of the Bermuda Triangle) is a powerful diamagnetic levitator. Leedskalnin demonstrated magnetism (EM energies), and the mechanism of levitation, by applying the natural Earth Grid principles of diamagnetism. Leedskalnin could levitate huge pieces of coral by using the center of mass for the needed slight, uplift, launching pressure.
Ed Leedskalnin showed every indication of being a natural geomancer - one who senses the unique telluric forces of the Earth. He was highly intuitive, and knew how to observe nature for signs of anomaly. This ultimately led him to the discovery of vortex energy, and the ability to harness the natural elements of magnetism.
He understood the critical nature of identifying the most energetic location to erect his massive Castle, and seemed to have known the secrets of anti-gravity, and its relation to cosmic events. Ed proceeded to develop a means of leverage power generated from the geomagnetic grid, and produced a system to generate anti-gravity waves.
Edward's notebooks are laden with schematics for magnetism, and electrical experiments. Although he possessed only a fourth-grade education, it seems he had discovered a means to reduce the gravitational pull of the earth. He wrote a series of pamphlets which included his theories on magnetism and cosmic force.
Researchers have speculated that Ed learned the secret of levitation, and one theory in particular caught the imagination of many. The planetary grid hypothesis postulates that the earth is covered by an invisible web of energy, which is concentrated at points of telluric power, the convergence of which create unusual phenomena.
These telluric grid dynamics played a vital role in the construction of the Castle, according to author Ray Stoner. In his book The Enigma of Coral Castle, Stoner speculates that the complex was originally moved from Florida City to Homestead, not because of privacy issues (as most historians suggest), but because Ed realized he had made a mathematical error in his original positioning, and moved the entire structure to take advantage of an area with greater telluric force.
In December of 1951 Ed Leedskalnin at age 64 became ill. He put a sign on the door saying 'Going to the Hospital'. He took a bus to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. Three days later he died in his sleep of malnutrition and kidney failure, taking his secrets with him. After his death, $3,500 was found in the tower; his life savings, mostly from land sales.
MORE HERE >>