For years this phenomenal work of art has fascinated people from all over the world. Coral Castle's creator carved his ... More
For years this phenomenal work of art has fascinated people from all over the world. Coral Castle's creator carved his fantasy world out of stone using nothing but homemade tools. Those who flock to see this stone garden have to wonder as to what could have inspired a man to labor 28 years to create it.
have all ways wanted to see it. It is one of the many places and people that make Florida so unique. It is a great place to stop and stretch your legs for a little while when you are on your way to the keys or just in the Miami-Dade area. You can take guided tours or go at your own pace.
We stopped in mid morning so it was getting hot. It is made out of coral and with the walls air does not circulate through it well.
My parents came across Coral Castle when I was about 7. (I am 68 now).
I remember the coral rocking chair atop a big piece of coral. The owner helped me climb up to sit in the chair. No matter how hard I rocked the chair, it stayed balanced. I remember the 3 Bears' beds and I layed down on the baby bed. I was enchanted. I hope those items are still there. The owner was very proud of his castle and even though he was not "opened to the public" at that time, he gave us a full tour. I will always remember him and his wonderful home. To post this, I had to choose a date but it is not a correct one.
The founder and builder of Coral Castle was brillant and way ahead of his time. You must make this a MUST SEE - you will not believe how well thought out detail oriented and brillant in design this place is. My sister and I went because it was somewhere she always wanted to visit. Unbelievable that a man could love a woman so much as to build every inch of this castle from scratch. You will love this.
As an engineer, I expected to be awed by the sheer acheivement of quarrying, moving, and erecting this structure. Instead, I became far more interested in the man who created it than the large coral blocks--it was merely an introduction to the man. His love for his creation and dedication to it made me awe-struck. The kind of person, living as he did, and what he was able to accomplish, could only have come through a great understanding of the universe, an understanding quite unique in the world. He also had a sense of humor and would barbeque (before barbeques were invented) hotdogs for the kiddies. I loved the whimsy of his first rocking chair, and his large "valentine" table. I came away loving the creation and the man, and felt sad at his passing. I would have liked to have met him when he was alive. I think he is one of the world's visionaries when it comes to understanding the energy structure of the universe. The visit here was inspiring. If you like things like pyramids and the Mystery Spot, you will like this.
Coral Castle is truly unique and magical. The best time to go is sunset. The energy is at its peak at that time. What Ed did and how he did it is totally mystifying. He must have known the secrets of how the pyramids in Egypt were built AND he incorporated the spirituality of India.
I love this place. No one has figured out how the builder created this masterpiece. The mystery died with him. Even modern-day science has no answer. If you have any brain cells you want to excercise, go see it.
Very special place, it's a "Castle" (rather small) made of coral rock by a single man from Latvia. Be sure to do the tour with a guide and also read the booklets are it will become rather boring.
This man was very spiritual and believed in magnetic energies... he also had excellent engineer skills since he could move several tons blocks on his own using hand-made tools.
I think it's a must see, but definatly needs a guide.
Make sure you find a guide to walk you around this place - that really makes all the difference! It really is amazing to see these heavy pieces that this small man was able to move. If you like science, you'll like this. It's worth the drive but do some research on this first to make sure you're interested.
Unique, but not worth the drive down to it. I have a hard time picturing him or anyone else actually using these stone "furnishings." Interesting place, but poorly interpreted and looses appeal quickly.
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