A 90-Year-Old Man Spent The Last 50 Years Building This Cathedral From Trash!

By: | December 16th, 2014

Europe is known for some amazing cathedrals but have you ever seen a beautiful cathedral made of trash?

Built single-handedly over the past 50 years by a man named Justo Gallego Martinez in Spain, this cathedral, located in Mejorada Del Campo near Madrid, the capital city of Spain, is finally close to 100% finished.

Since he left his life as a monk 50 years ago due to a nearly-deadly bout of tuberculosis, Martinez started working on this structure following his recovery. Spread over 8,000sq/m, he used his own land to build the cathedral which is standing at a soaring 131 feet tall today.

This massive structure is built almost entirely from local materials that he is able to salvage. The cathedral’s walls are built from the bricks salvaged from the local brick factories.

The church building shows remarkable attention to detail though Justo has no architectural or construction experience. He relies on volunteers to help him with the tedious project.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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