Miami is a diverse city jam-packed with culture, history, entertainment and more. NBCNews.com Travel Section showcases some top Miami locations that visitors may now know about. View the original article here.
1. Venetian Pool: Created in 1923 from a coral rock quarry, this public pool takes swimming to a whole new level. The 820,000 gallon pool is the only pool to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places and features loggias, porticos, beautiful grottos, striped pillars, and a Venetian-style bridge.
2. Neptune Memorial Reef: Just of Key Biscayne, the Neptune Memorial Reef is the largest man-made reed ever conceived. It was designed to resemble the feel of an Atlantis-style lost city with columns, statues, and detailed structures beneath the water’s surface. Once completed, the reef will span over 16 acres. The creators of the reef, Neptune Society, estimate that the reef will become the final resting place for 100,000 people. It is free and accessible to all visitors.
3. Ancient Spanish Monastery: The story of this monastery is remarkable! William Randolph Hearst bought the structure in Spain in 1925. He then had it disassembled stone by stone and shipped from Sacramenia to the US. His financial problems caused the pieces to sit in storage for 26 years before they were purchased and put back together by two entrepreneurs in 1953. The monastery serves as an Episcopal church now.
4. William Wagner House: The oldest house in Miami-Dade County is located in Lummus Park. It was built back in the 1850s when William Wagner was homesteading on a tributary of the Miami River. Visitors are often shocked that anyone could live in such conditions- no air conditioning, screens, and very little comforts.
5. Coral Castle: This sculpture garden was created by a Latvian immigrant who was jilted by his fiancé, Agnes Scuffs, just one day before the wedding. The sculpture garden was erected in such a strange way that many believe he had supernatural powers. Between the years of 1923 to 1951, he carved over 1,100 tons of coral rock all by himself. It is unknown how Leeskalnin, who was a mere 5 foot tall and only weighed 100 pounds, created and moved the giant stone sculptures. He died without revealing the mystery.