Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

Most Dedicated Man On Earth Spends 56 Years Building His Own Cathedral.

Building a cathedral is a major undertaking. You could hire architects and builders and it would still be a lot of work. Doing it on your own sounds impossible. But Justo Gallego Martinez, a former Spanish monk, decided to take on the challenge. So, for the past 56 years he has been building a cathedral in Spain all by his lonesome. The ironic thing is that he had no previous knowledge of how to build anything. But with the help of his faith and lots of determination, he managed to achieve the impossible. His story will prove to you that nothing is impossible.

Justo Gallego Martinez had a dream to build his very own cathedral, so in 1961, he got to work on it.

He started construction on a site in Mejorada del Campo, Spain, and he’s been at it ever since. But imagine what it must have been like to create all the pillars, arches and entryways from scratch. It would give even the most experienced architect pause for concern.

Justo Gallego Martinez had a dream to build his very own cathedral, so in 1961, he got to work on it.

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The impressive structure was a representation of Martinez’s love and strong belief in his spiritual faith.

Locals call the building the Don Justo’s Cathedral after the man who has spent the past 56 years of his life constructing it. A lot of the materials used to turn this dream into a reality has come from recycled and excess items donated by building companies.

The impressive structure was a representation of Martinez’s love and strong belief in his spiritual faith.

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You may wonder why a former monk would dedicate his entire life to building a structure like this one.

It turns out that there’s a heartbreaking reason behind his ingenuity. Decades ago, Martinez contracted tuberculosis. The other Trappist monks feared he would spread the disease to the others, so they forced him to leave their order.

Trying to survive his condition in those days was a challenge, so he prayed to the Virgin Mary for help.

While struggling to recover, Martinez, who was known as Don Justo, made a promise to himself that he would build a chapel in honor of the Virgin Mary if he managed to survive his difficult illness. And he did.

Trying to survive his condition in those days was a challenge, so he prayed to the Virgin Mary for help.

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Given that she had come through for him, it made sense that he would keep his word and start building.

So, once he was back to full strength, he started working on the massive project. It didn’t look like much at first, but over time, the building continued to grow and look like the impressive masterpiece it was destined to become.

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