Andrew Michler

Elderly Madrid Man Builds Incredible Spanish Cathedral Entirely From Trash

by , 01/27/14

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So far the cathedral totals an astonishing 8,000 square meters. The many concrete support columns use old oil drums as forms. The roof is adorned with countless tons of salvages bricks and locally-salvaged tiles, and paint buckets sprout from the towers. Donated materials make up the bulk of the rest of the construction. He gets some help with the labor from his nephews and an assistant.

While the building has neither plans nor permits, the City ofMadrid has tolerated its existence. Martinez is in the process of consulting with an architect to formally apply for a permit so that when the building is closer to completion it may be used as a house of worship. Don Justo’s dedication will surly inspire others through this bold and committed endeavor.

Via BBC News


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9 Comments

  1. QueenEve February 12, 2013 at 10:58 am

    I like this web blog very much so much fantastic information.

  2. cyde3362 March 12, 2011 at 7:54 am

    wow! that’s amazing as an artist making art out of trash is also my passion. Great man and inspiring work.

  3. m7wJCt January 28, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    Idle hands are the Devil’s playthings! This is awesome.

  4. Ursula lopez January 21, 2011 at 11:55 am

    ¡HI! I’m spanish, from Madrid, and I I could see the cathedral, which is amazing!
    I’m glad to finally you post something about it here, because it really deserves : )
    If you search online, you can find videos and websites in English and other languages, like this: http://www.cathedraljusto.com/
    And here, if you want, you can see more pictures I took during my visit: http://picasaweb.google.com/aloevariegata/CatedralDeJusto

  5. tlafarge January 20, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    Simon Luria and the Facteur Cheval still live, to say nothing of Gaudi.

  6. gruenemann January 20, 2011 at 10:38 am

    St. Peter’s is not a cathedral, either. It’s a basilica.

  7. metermender January 19, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Important. This is Not a Cathedral. A Cathedral is the home church of a Bishop.

  8. soapblake January 17, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    This is real and wonderful architecture. I wish I could help him.

  9. Wayne Hanson January 17, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    A tribute to the human spirit, and what one man can do with intention and determination. An inspiration to us sluggards.

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