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Coral Castle - Homstead, Florida
By: Masha Persanova


Coral Castle is situated in Homestead in south Florida.  The most interesting and unusual thing about it is not that it was built completely of coral, but that it was built by one tiny man. Latvian immigrant Ed Leedskalnin (100- pound man) worked alone for 28 years (1923-1951), using primitive tools to build his castle of massive blocks of hand-hewn coral rock.

 


He carved and moved over 1100 tons of rock. It’s amazing that he could create a nine-ton gate so perfectly balanced that it swings open with the touch of a finger. All furniture in the castle is also made of coral. On the wall the inspired builder put symbols of the sky: coral moon, planets and stars. Castle is surrounded with romantic story about unrequited love. Ed Leedslalnin  wanted to win the heart of a girl from Latvia. He hoped to impress her with his castle but she never visited.


You’ll find more information about Coral Castle by visiting http://www.coralcastle.com or you can call 1-305-248-6345. Directions: Homestead is on U.S. Hightway 1, about 23 miles southwest of Miami.

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