Coral Castle Miami Florida
Coral Castle is a stone structure constructed by the Latvian-American eccentric Edward Leedskalnin (1887–1951) just north of the city of Homestead, Florida in Miami-Dade County near the intersection of South Dixie Highway (U.S. 1) and SW 157th Avenue. The building comprises numerous megalithic stones (mostly made up of limestone formed from coral), each of these stones weighing several tons. Coral Castle is privately operated as a tourist attraction and is open to the general public. Coral Castle is noted for legends surrounding its creation that claim it was built single-handedly by Leedskalnin using reverse magnetism and/or supernatural abilities to levitate, move, and carve numerous stones many of which weigh several tons.
According to the Coral Castle's marketing material, Edward Leedskalnin was stood-up by his 16-year-old fiancée Agnes Skuvst in Latvia, just one day before the wedding. Leaving for America, he contracted terminal tuberculosis, but spontaneously healed, claiming that the use of magnets had somehow improved his health from this debilitating disease.
Edward spent the next 28 years since arriving in Miami Florida building the Coral Castle, refusing to allow anyone to view him while he worked. A few teenagers claimed to have witnessed his work, reporting that he had caused the blocks of coral to move like hydrogen balloons. The only tool that Leedskalnin spoke of using was a "perpetual motion holder." To this day, exactly how this ingenious man was able to construct the castle is unknown.