Coral Castle

Like a creation from the dawn of history, Coral Castle stands against the Dade County sky, a fantastic pile of stone built with one man’s sweat and labor. Its builder knew what the Incas and Egyptians knew about engineering, but he knew about life and love, too. Latvian immigrant Ed Leedskalnin built his Coral Castle between 1928 and 1951, under cover of night and in secret. He spent most of his days and a good part of his nights excavating, chiseling and chipping tons of coral rock into a temple of love to a 16-year-old girl who jilted him on their wedding eve. How the lone builder accomplished the construction remains a mystery. In 1984, Coral Castle was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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