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    feast of love table

    by doug48 Updated Dec 12, 2011

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    feast of love table

    this heart shaped table weighs approximately 5,000 pounds. in the center of the table is a ixora plant. it is ed's original plant and has been in this location for over 60 years. ed built this table for "sweetsixteen".

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    tower

    by doug48 Updated Sep 12, 2011

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    the tower

    the tower contains approximately 243 tons of coral stone. the blocks that make up the wall weigh from 4 to 9 tons each. the roof is is composed of 30 blocks of coral, each weighing approximately one ton. ed lived in top floor of the tower and his tool room was on the first floor. there are sixteen steps from the first to second floor in honor of "sweetsixteen".

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    repentance corner

    by doug48 Written Sep 12, 2011

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    repentance corner

    ed called this group of stones the repentance corner. it was his idea of punishment for children who misbehaved. he said that if they needed punishment he would make them put their heads through the opening, wedge them in place with a block of wood, and he would sit on a bench and talk to them. he thought that an hour of this treatment would last for several months. the taller of the two openings was for "sweetsixteen" in case she misbehaved.

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    obelisk

    by doug48 Written Sep 12, 2011

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    obelisk

    this piece of coral stone weighs approximately 57,000 pounds. it stands 40 feet above the ground and has a wind vane on it's top. the obelisk was moved to it's present location from florida city in 1936. the carvings on the obelisk denote the year that ed carved it, the year that he moved it, and the year and country of his birth. the hole near the top of the obelisk is carved in the shape of the latvian star.

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    bathroom

    by doug48 Written Sep 12, 2011

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    ed's bathtub

    this carved bathtub is where ed would take his afternoon bath. each morning ed would get water from the well and fill the tub. by mid-afternoon the water was warm enough from the sunlight for ed to take his bath.

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    well

    by doug48 Written Sep 12, 2011

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    well

    pictured is the coral castle well. this well provided ed with his only source of water. also the castle did not have electricity. ed would read during the day by sun light and work on his castle at night under moon light.

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    nine ton gate

    by doug48 Written Sep 12, 2011

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    nine ton gate

    the nine ton gate is considered ed's most outstanding achievement. this gate is 80 inches wide, 92 inches tall, and 21 inches thick. this coral stone slab weighs approxmately 18,000 pounds. what makes this gate so remarkable is that ed found the exact center of balance. the gate can be moved using one finger to push it. the gate pivots on a rod resting on a recycled automotive gear.

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    florida table

    by doug48 Updated Sep 11, 2011

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    florida table

    ed carved this table in the exact shape and direct proportion to the size of the state of florida. a depression in the table is a representation of lake okeechobee, florida's largest lake. ed said that the depression could be used as a finger bowl, a bird bath, or a punch bowl. all of the chairs around the table are rocking chairs and they weigh approxmately 1,000 pounds each. ed carved the chair at the head of the table for the governor of florida, so that he and senators and representatives could sit around the table, rock their chairs, and figure out ways to raise your taxes.

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    north wall

    by doug48 Updated Sep 11, 2011

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    north wall

    this section of the north wall is made from three blocks of coral rock. the center block is the heaviest piece in the castle. it weighs approximately 60,000 pounds. ed was so proud of having cut and moved such a great weight that he placed a monument on top of it which he called "the crown".

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    the throne room

    by doug48 Written Sep 11, 2011

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    throne

    located between saturn and the crescent of the east sculptures is the throne room. ed believed that every man's house was his castle and every castle must have a throne. ed's throne weighs 5,000 pounds and it rocks. other thrones in the "room" are for "sweet sixteen" (ed's latvian fiancee) a small chair for a child. directly behind ed's throne is a chair for his mother-in law. ed designed it to be the most uncomfortable chair in the castle.

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    moon fountain

    by doug48 Written Sep 11, 2011

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    moon fountain

    the moon fountain is carved from three pieces of coral rock. the quarter moon on the left represents the first quarter of the moon. the quarter moon on the right represents the last quarter of the moon. these two carvings weigh 18 tons each. the full moon carving in the center weighs 23 tons.

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    polaris telescope

    by doug48 Written Sep 11, 2011

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    polaris telescope

    this massive carving is 25 feet tall and weighs approximately 40,000 pounds. the circle at the top of the carving is a sight for ed's telescope. ed studied and recorded how the earth travels and used this information to build his sundial.

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    reading chairs

    by doug48 Updated Sep 11, 2011

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    reading chair

    located to the left of the entrance gate is a collection of reading chairs. ed spent much of his day reading and writing pamphlets. over the years ed wrote "a book in every home", "mineral, vegetable, and animal life", "magnetic current" and "magnetic base". ed did all of his reading and writing during the day because the castle had no electricity.

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    grotto of the three bears

    by doug48 Written Sep 11, 2011

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    grotto of the three bears

    directly across from the entrance gate is the grotto of the three bears. this collection of stones were inspired by the fairy-tale of goldilocks and the three bears. ed built this section of the castle as a children's play area.

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    castle admission

    by doug48 Written Sep 11, 2011

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    admission

    ed's only source of income was a 10 cent admission charge to see the interior of the castle. ed spent his days reading, writing, and giving tours of the castle. at night he would work on the castle walls. when ed died in 1951 he had a little over 3,000 dollars in his bank account. today the admission to the castle is $ 11.98.

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