Edward Leedskalnin, a modest official and Latvian immigrant who suffered from tuberculosis, once stated, “I have discovered the secrets of the pyramids. I discovered how the ancient Egyptians and builders in Peru, Yucatan and Asia, with simple tools, have lifted stones weighing tons.” His castle, which is built from coral rock in blocks of up to 30 tons, is irrefutable proof.
When Edward was 34 years old he moved to the U.S, this was because his fiancé, who was ten years younger than him, abandoned him due to being too poor and old. His failed love life led him to retire from social life activities and instead devoted his entire life to work. Edward’s disease caused him to settle in Florida, where he worked for 16 years, 1920 to 1936, and raised his master piece.
Using tools crafted from auto parts Edward began the process of moving the huge blocks of coral rock, his work took place mostly at night using just a torch as his only source of light. The amount of rock used in the entire castle is estimated at around 1,000 tons plus an extra 100 tons in furniture and other objects, amazingly the finished blocks were placed with great precision.
In 1936 Edward moved his entire complex from Florida City to Homestead, which is a distance of 16km, all because a factory was being built nearby and Edward claimed it would threaten his privacy.
Edward moved each of the huge blocks by himself and placed them with great care so that all the parts had the same position as they did in the old complex. Many witnesses saw a truck carrying the large coral rock pieces, however nobody noticed how they were loaded or unloaded due to him working in the dark of the night. Unbelievably, the whole operation of moving more than 1,000 tons, piece by piece, and reassembling them lasted less than a month!
Following Edward Leedskalnin’s death in 1951, the castle was turned into a tourist attraction. Now, the castle attracts more than 65,000 visitors every year who travel from all over the world to visit Edwards’s masterpiece.
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