Gallery: Elderly Madrid Man Builds Incredible Spanish Cathedral Entirel...

 
Photo Credit Jose.Madrid
While the building has neither plans nor permits, so far the City ofMadrid has tolerated its existence.

While the cathedral’s design is loosely based on St. Peter’s Cathedral, Don Justo has created no formal drawings or engineering plans. His background in farming did not stop him from taking on such a challenging project, which incorporates motifs found in castles, churches, and even the White House. Most of the bricks are salvaged from nearby brick factories, and cathedral’s walls are certainly unorthodox.

After leaving life as a farmer to become a Benedictine Monk, Don Justo came down with tuberculosis which forced him out of the monastery in a greatly weakened state. He promised himself that if he survived he would erect a church dedicated to the Lady of The Pillar who he prayed to during that turbulent time.

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  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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