Justo Gallego Martinez has been constructing his own cathedral since 1961. He had no knowledge of architecture but his project currently stands 131ft tall and reminds us that faith overcomes everything.
Martinez was a farmer before he joined the Trappist monks. After 8 years, he forced to leave the order due to tuberculosis. Martinez vowed he would build a chapel to Virgin Mary if he survived the disease.
Martinez, known as Don Justo, started his project when he got back his health. He still continues to work on it, more than 50 years later. Don Justo mainly uses recycled materials and excess items donated by local building companies. He set up stained glass windows and the cathedral became a complex structure, covering 24,000 square feet.
No permission has ever been granted for Don Justo’s Cathedral and he didn’t draw any plans for the building. However, it has become a tourist attraction and authorities turn a blind eye to the project.
“If I lived my life again, I’d build this cathedral again, only bigger”