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

This extraordinary cathedral made from salvaged materials has steadily risen over the past 50 years in a quiet Madrid neighborhood. Justo Martinez (who goes by Don Justo) has been working on the massive undertaking nearly single-handedly ever since he had
 
This extraordinary cathedral made from salvaged materials has steadily risen over the past 50 years in a quiet Madrid neighborhood. Justo Martinez (who goes by Don Justo) has been working on the massive undertaking nearly single-handedly ever since he had to leave an order of monks due to illness. After recovering, he dedicated his life to building a church using his own money, on his own land. The massive undertaking is built almost entirely from local materials that he is able to salvage, and now topped out at 131 feet the cathedral just needs a few finishing touches -- like a roof, some windows and permits.

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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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