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Gosh! This is fantastical!  From the Daily Mail

'I'd build it all again but twice as big': Former monk spends 50 YEARS creating a giant cathedral from junk

    Justo Gallego Martinez has worked on the building at Mejorada del Campo near Madrid since the early 1960s
    He had no architectural training and no construction experience and had never laid a brick before in his life
    The former Trappist monk vowed to build the cathedral after surviving a bout of tuberculosis

By Steve Nolan

PUBLISHED: 10:10 EST, 27 August 2013 | UPDATED: 12:34 EST, 27 August 2013

With its giant spires and magnificent dome to rival that of St Peter's Basillica, Mejorada del Campo's impressive cathedral looks like it has been skilfully crafted by a team of architectural experts.

It's impossible to believe that it has been single-handedly built by a former trappist monk who had never laid a brick in his life.

The as yet unfinished building, a little over 12 miles outside of Madrid, has been painstakingly built piece by piece over 50 years by 86-year-old farmer Justo Gallego Martinez.

He had no prior knowledge of architecture and no experience in the construction industry, but instead has spent five decades collecting junk and discarded building material in order to build the 131ft tall structure.

After working as a farmer and bullfighter, deeply religious Mr Martinez - or Don Justo as he is known - spent eight years at a Trappist monastery.

But he was forced to leave when he was struck down with tuburculosis in 1961.

During his illness, he vowed that if he survived it he would build a chapel and name it after the Virgin Mary to whom he prayed while he was sick.

True to his vow, Don Justo began building what he describes as his act of faith in 1963 and despite his lack of skills or building materials, is still working on the project today.

Despite the scepticism of many friends and locals, Don Justo has remarkably managed to build the place of worship without using so much as a crane.

The vast columns of the structure are made from empty oil drums, while the covering on one of the domes is made from discarded food tubes.

But, with Don Justo working on his own aside from occasional help from his six nephews, the cathedral is far from finished with windows left unpainted, one of the domes to be covered and the floor to be completed.

The inspiration of St Peter's Basillica with its huge central dome is plain to see, but Don Justo's ideas were also taken from the White House, and a variety of European castles and churches.

Don Justo told the BBC: 'When I look at what I've created, it overwhelmes me and I give thanks to the lord.

'If I lived my life again, I'd build this cathedral again only bigger.

'Twice the size, because for me, this is an act of faith.'

The church has never received planning permission, but it is believed that it is allowed to stay by local authorities because it has become something of a tourist attraction.


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(09-02-2013, 08:11 AM)April32010 Wrote: [ -> ]wow!!

So...when is it going to be consecrated?  :)
Technically it isn't a Cathedral, cuz, it doesn't have the Cathedra, right?

You gotta love the comments on the article, some people are genuinely baffled that someone will dedicate their life to something like this, but there's also those who are impressed by the man's devotion, so there is hope, that virtue in action can draw the lost back to the Truth.

May God bless this man, many more years!  :tiphat:

Unbelievable!! What an accomplishment, if i was the bishop i would move right in
What a commitment for someone to dedicate a big chunk of your life do offer this to God
Our medieval ancestors would be impressed, I think  :O

One man? Unbelievable!