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A man has been building a huge cathedral by hand for 53 years! 7/18/2016 •

This old man devoted all his life to constructing a Christian cathedral. The most astonishing thing is that he builds it all by himself!


Justo Gallego started constructing a church as far back as 1961 in a small Spanish town of Mejorada del Campo on a land lot he inherited from his parents. When Justo was young, he had to leave the monastery Santa María de Huerta, where he served as a novice, because of tuberculosis. Fortunately, the man got over the disease and decided to create something great in order to thank God for this miraculous recovery.

Since then Justo keeps building the cathedral almost without any days off or vacations. He uses family savings and donations to buy necessary tools and materials, and does all the work by himself with rare exceptions.

Interestingly, the man isn’t a professional architect, engineer or constructer. Moreover, he doesn’t have any plan or scheme of the cathedral, all his ideas are stored in his head!

This unique construction has brought fame to the small town located 20 km away from Madrid. Now many tourists visit Mejorada del Campo in order to see Justo Gallego’s cathedral.

The building has not been finished yet and Justo, who is 91 now, is not at all sure that he will be able to complete the construction. That is why the man is going to make plans of what will happen after he dies.

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32 Comments
Amy Yee
Amy Yee
Awesome dedication! Can't image this huge cathedral is the work of one man! God bless.
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Jul 17, 2016 12:31AM
Nancy Johnson
Amazing...hope can keep going for more years so he can see his dream come true!
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Jul 18, 2016 8:29PM
Judith Allen
Judith Allen
Now that's patience
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Jul 18, 2016 8:38PM
Adolfo E. Bonafoux
We should all have a goal in life and cut out all the crap in this world.
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Jul 18, 2016 8:42PM
Sara Denkovski
Very creative and dedícated, I hope he lives to see his dream completed
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Jul 18, 2016 9:07PM
Ian MacBrown
Unless Justo objects the towns folk should help him complete the job while he is still able to see it. After all he is leaving their town quite a legacy.
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Jul 18, 2016 9:47PM
Liz Mc Cormick
Awesome!!!
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Jul 18, 2016 9:48PM
Sofka Raice
Awesome dedication and he deserves God's blessing.
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Jul 18, 2016 9:51PM
Bryon Grosz
Bryon Grosz
Wow, that is amazing.
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Jul 18, 2016 9:54PM
Christine Richards
Wonderful..hope he gets the opportunity to finish it...
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Jul 18, 2016 10:12PM

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