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.

Most people would have had to cut through legal red tape if they wanted to construct a chapel.

Martinez didn’t go through any official channels to get permission to construct his chapel. He didn’t have any construction plans either. He simply started laying brick after brick, which eventually took shape into the building it is today.

Martinez had his faith to get him through the rough times, but he also had something just as valuable.

He had inherited the piece of land from his mother, and it’s on that site where he initiated the project. After that, it became his mission to construct the church from anything he could find, and his genius knew no bounds.

Martinez had his faith to get him through the rough times, but he also had something just as valuable.

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The cathedral’s framework looked like it was designed by some expensive architectural company.

But it was all Martinez’s work and the church’s concrete pillars were made out of secondhand car tires. Essentially, the former monk managed to MacGyver his way through most of the challenges of constructing this church.

The cathedral’s framework looked like it was designed by some expensive architectural company.

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Today, the building stands proud and is 131ft-tall, but the way he achieved this is truly miraculous.

Martinez managed to construct his church without using any cranes. So, the way he managed to build, hammer, and cement from so high is really amazing! Clearly, this strong-willed former monk had his faith to carry him all the way through any challenge.

Today, the building stands proud and is 131ft-tall, but the way he achieved this is truly miraculous.

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Most people might say that he could have done so much more with his life, but he has no regrets.

If he were given the chance, he’d do it all over again. This church was his life’s mission, and it was one he was determined to see through to the end. Now he has a place of worship of his very own and locals and tourists can admire it, too.

Most people might say that he could have done so much more with his life, but he has no regrets.

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The church is a work of art that’s over 24,000 square feet and is full of complex designs made with love.

From the spires to the stained-glass windows to the various domes up above, the work Martinez put into this project is jaw dropping. He even added a crypt, cloister and various spiral staircases, too. But to this day, Martinez can be seen dragging materials to add to this giant cathedral.

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