Spanish Man Builds Cathedral From Trash

An elderly man from Spain has steadily built a cathedral out of salvaged materials over the past 50 years. 

Justo Martinez, known as Don Justo in the community, began building the church after tuberculosis forced him to abandon his original plans to become a Benedictine Monk.  The church, located in a quiet Madrid neighborhood and now topped out at 131 feet, is built almost entirely from local materials – most of its bricks salvaged from nearby factories.  A few finishing touches are left before the church is complete, such as a roof, permits, and several windows.  According to, Don Justo prayed to the Lady of the Pillar while sick and promised himself that he would erect a church dedicated to her if he survived the disease.

See all the photos of the amazing cathedral here.