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5Coral Castle

Edward Leedskalnin was a productive man. By all definitions of the word, he was also an eccentric. A proponent of several fringe theories on magnetism, Leedskalnin produced four pamphlets that explained his theories. In, “Magnetic Current,” he described the formation of matter, “To begin, a meteor rock falls

in the sun, the sun dissolves the rock to the final division of matter, the North and South pole individual magnets, and the sunlight then sends them out here.”

It should come as no surprise, then, that Edward Leedskalnin practiced what he preached. Spending 28 years building Coral Castle, he worked in absolute secrecy. Refusing to allow anyone to watch him work, Leedskalnin spoke only of his most important tool, a “perpetual motion holder.” On a number of occasions, local children reported that they had spied on Leedskalnin and witnessed him levitating stones into place.

The castle itself is built out of massive stone blocks, each weighing several tons. With only simple mechanical tools available, nobody is certain how the monument was assembled. Theories abound on how Leedskalnin — a simple, frail man — could position the stones with such precision that the castle’s 9-ton gate could be opened with the slightest push of a finger.

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