TODAY’S CHURCH – Don Justo’s Self Built Cathedral (Mejorada del Campo near Madrid, Spain)
Justo Gallego MartÃnez is building his very own Cathedral in Mejorada del Campo near Madrid, Spain
This is no “model” cathedral and he is neither a qualified architect, nor engineer, nor bricklayer — he is a farmer. “The plans have only ever existed in my head” and have evolved over time in response to opportunity and inspiration. Nor does he have formal planning permission from the authorities of Mejorada del Campo — the town in which it is located (20 km from Madrid under the flight-path to the Barajas airport).
He has financed his work by rent from some inherited farmland — some of which he has already sold. Donations from supporters and visitors are welcomed.
The columns are molded using old petrol drums, the window arches carry the marks of the tires they were molded in and bicycle wheels have been used as pulleys.”