Curious Expeditions has a cool feature up on “The Castle Builders…“, presenting the 15 best self built castles in the world:
Scattered throughout the world, there are a small handful of castles made by non-architects, constructed without a team of workers, and with very little money. All the castles presented below were built by a single person, with occasional help from family members or friends. Raised rock by rock from the ground, these castles are the result of unfaltering vision, pure will, and a lifetime effort to make literal the phrase “a man’s home is his castle.”
TDG readers are probably familiar with Ed Leedskalnin and Coral Castle – which makes the list – but there are plenty of others that are just stunning (the feature is chock-full of images). And I was surprised to learn that Billy Idol’s “Sweet Sixteen” not only referenced Coral Castle, but also had a music video filmed there.
On a related note, the Temple sof Damanhur were in the news over the weekend (h/t Michael Prescott) – another fascinating and absolutely beautiful human construction. Alex Grey’s CoSM Press published the book Damanhur: Temples of Humankind (Amazon US and UK) last year about these ‘sacred temples’ in Italy, “whose stunning murals, sculpture, mosaics, and stained glass draw from all sacred traditions to celebrate universal spirituality.”