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Don Justo's Self Built Cathedral

- Hasslehoff - Tuesday, April 12th, 2005 : goo

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Justo Gallego Martínez is building his very own Cathedral in Mejorada del Campo near Madrid, Spain

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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).

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Nor does he have the benediction or support of the Catholic Church. After eight years in a Trappist order -- and just prior to taking his vows -- he was obliged to leave, considerably weakened by tuberculosis and the monastic regime. His cathedral is dedicated to Nuestra Señora del Pilar, Madre de Jesús. He explains: "It's an act of faith." The cathedral has been bequeathed by him to the Bishopric of nearby Alcalá de Henares.

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The shell of the building is complete -- covering the 20x50 metre plot [photos]. Some 8,000m2 have been built -- or are underway. They include a complex ensemble of cloisters, offices, lodgings and a library. The cathedral already has a dome (modelled on St Peters) rising to some 40 metres, some 12 metres in diametre -- whose steel girders were raised with the aid of his six nephews using pulleys. He was unable to get the loan of a crane. In summer volunteers may lend a hand, but for the heavy work he hires a local assistant at his own expense. It is estimated that it may take another 15 to 20 years to complete -- although Don Justo does not know. He prefers not to speak about the future. How long he will still be physically able to continue working on it is uncertain.

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The mayor of Mejorada del Campo declares that to date not one architect or builder has been prepared to take responsibility for this building. Questions are raised concerning its foundations and bracings, and nobody wants to be responsible for its structural integrity. Given its problematic status, the lack of official support, and the value of the land on which it is located, Don Justo is aware that there is every possibility that the cathedral may be razed to the ground immediately after his death.

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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. Most of the construction materials used are recycled (buckets, pieces of wood, plastic tubes, etc) -- occasionally obtained from business and construction companies with excess materials for a job. Progress on the cathedral is therefore visibly marked by the nature and quality of materials that he acquires in this way. The columns are moulded using old petrol drums, the window arches carry the marks of the tires they were moulded in and bicycle wheels have been used as pulleys. Strength is ensured by using extra quantities of cement. There has as yet been little time for finishing surfaces. The rose window is without glass -- but there is a long mosaic staircase leading to the main entrance.

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Justo's Cathedral is a Monument to the human spirit and its capacity to transcend ordinary constraints and limitations in the most improbable way. Its symbolism is that much greater because it is the act of a very ordinary hero -- whose genius lay in his persistence. The cathedral is above all a demonstration in how to implement a dream, however little wider support there is for doing so.

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From an architectural perspective, the cathedral has much to be admired as the work of a single artist -- and has been duly celebrated as such by both architects and artists. Yet it would appear that little assistance has been forthcoming from either profession. Don Justo has emulated the simplicities of the Romanesque style (Gothic being "too complicated" for his skills and Baroque "does not please me")

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Don Justo's has achieved no official recognition, despite the attention accorded him by documentary film makers, journalists and tourists. The construction has been undertaken with no official funding and with only incidental and voluntary donations of time and materials from well-wishers. This is most curious in a Europe that is proud of its cultural achievements and expends disproportionate amounts of official funding on events and monuments that are far from demonstrating the dedication and achievement of those such as Don Justo -- especially as an inspiration to young people. It is perhaps also curious that no device could be found to facilitate the process whereby others could provide financial assistance to the enterprise. However Don Justo's achievement is above all a demonstration of how much can be achieved without the kinds of funding typically considered as absolutely essential to any new initiative.

His awesome undertaking has been treated as meaningless both by those in his immediate community (who laughed at him as 'el loco de la iglesia') and by the secular and religious authorities. But if Don Justo is to be considered "loco", what is the price of "sanity" in today's world?

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Peter: 3rd Mar 2005 - 15:20 GMT

wow... when i read the part about him building despite not having the proper qualifications or permissions from the government, i started thinking... "is that any different from the builders of history's great cathedrals of the past?"

not really.

this is a great story. i hope that his cathedral reaches completion, is preserved... and manages to stand through this all.

Natali: 3rd Mar 2005 - 15:43 GMT

Re: Don Justo's Self Built Cathedral

Wow. This is truly an amazing story. How old is he? Is it feasible that he'll finish it before he dies? How could he receive such lack of support?

hasslehoff: 3rd Mar 2005 - 15:57 GMT

I believe he is well over 70 and it's very unlikely that he will finish the cathedral within his own lifetime. This was commonplace in the past as ancient cathedrals took many generations to reach completion. The difference here, however being that, sadly this cathedral will undoubtedly be torn down after Justo's death.

Peter: 3rd Mar 2005 - 16:10 GMT

in olden orthodoxy, the cathedral is supposed to be perpetually "under construction", growing larger and more ornate until the messiah returns.

hasslehoff: 3rd Mar 2005 - 16:13 GMT

that is interesting. I didn't know that. That's why i love this website

joker: 3rd Mar 2005 - 22:49 GMT

Re: Peter
Huh? Most cathedrals at least in Europe were ordered and founded by either kings, bishops or (in rare cases) the guilds and citizens of a town... I never heard of an architect just coming along and saying "Okay, I'll build a church here" on a whim... can you show me an example of a great cathedral of the past similar to this one?


Peter: 4th Mar 2005 - 00:10 GMT

joker: what are you talking about? all i wassaying is that they didnt have to contend with modern building codes.

random: 4th Mar 2005 - 11:16 GMT

Wow, unbelievable story! Thank you for sharing it.

Eric: I hope it doesn't fall down......

Suzi: 4th Mar 2005 - 12:56 GMT

Re: Don Justo's Self Built Cathedral

The lord acts in mysterious ways....I'm worried about it being under the flightpath....does look beautiful however....

thomas: 4th Mar 2005 - 20:59 GMT

incredible. I'd be out there helping him if I lived within like...2908 miles of him...

Jupiterbaal: 7th Mar 2005 - 13:41 GMT

Re: Don Justo's Self Built Cathedral

it's mazing... But it definetly should be checked for security. Even in Medieval times the builders had experts with them. That is why the cathedrals are still standing today.

Clouseau: 27th Mar 2005 - 14:59 GMT

You know, it's somewhat telling that this guy put all this effort into the eye candy but apparently couldn't manage a proper job on the structure or foundation... Because it's beautiful and because it's so inspirational is why I'm so pissed at him for being so loose with it!

abumac: He is 79 years old.

You Go Justo!: 31st Mar 2005 - 14:52 GMT

Could you imagine someone trying to do this in the US? No way, they wouldn't be able to get the right paperwork to ok it. But I think it's really neat, especially considering he's using recycled items & only a design in his head.

Reiner: 1st Apr 2005 - 06:00 GMT

He doesn't have any papers. It's all made out of law.

austie jonez: 2nd Apr 2005 - 17:32 GMT

Re: Don Justo's Self Built Cathedral


austie jonez: 2nd Apr 2005 - 17:33 GMT

also, it looks like any place in mexico or thailand.

Marc: 20th Apr 2005 - 05:43 GMT

great writing, really fascinating pics-- reminds me of the watts towers in los angeles, made by one guy over 20 years out of rebar and concrete- he used the nearby railroad track to bend the rebar. Simon Rodia, the italian immigrant who made watts towers, completed it in his lifetime, then died- then the city checked out the structural integrity and found it to be sound, so it is now a landmark and one of the few things the city in watts has a fierce pride for..

more info at and pics on google

Sarah: 12th May 2005 - 16:55 GMT

I had never heard of this cathedral before but I have been living in Spain for almost 2 years now and I think this sort of thing is what makes me love it. how many of us do what we REALLY want? He will die happy knowing he always did something he LOVED. Im not religious but I know some people have unbelievable spirit, soul,whatever. you can see it in his eyes!!! I know its cheesy, but we could all use a little chees sometimes, dont you think? Happy Thursday, PEOPLE!!!!!

Ivan: 12th May 2005 - 23:20 GMT

He's the new image of an Aquarius (Coca-Cola) spot in Spain. He will probably become more famous than he is.

perhaps you'll see this spot in your own countries ;)

Daveme: 13th May 2005 - 00:57 GMT

Yes, Ivan. I've seen that Aquarius ad. My girlfriend asked "is it true?", and then we searched over the Internet for Don Justo's Cathedral. We found this site. So it was amazing to realize this story was not a marketing invention but just a commercial application of an awesome true story. There's no doubt, he will be more popular than before, and I wish people helping him to finish his building. I think I'm going to visit Mejorada next summer.

Peter: 13th May 2005 - 13:32 GMT

wow, coke never knows where t odraw the line, do they?

Cristina.: 14th May 2005 - 12:16 GMT

A Don Justo se le nota que es feliz, carece de muchas cosas materiales, pero su obra y el empeo por acabarla le hacen el hombre ms rico del mundo. Animo Don Justo! Espero, de corazn, que logres terminarla.

Jose (Girona): 14th May 2005 - 15:07 GMT

Animo Don Justo, aveces rayos de luz como los de este hombre, hacen que vuelba ha creer en la raza humana, independientemente de creencias y religiones, es cuestin de perseverancia y amor propio y demuestra que si el ser humano se lo propone puede hacer cualquier cosa. Pero creo que el estado deberia tutelarle, seria una gran decepcin que muriera sin ver culminada su obra. por cierto respecto a los planos y los permisos de obra, que algien me los ensee de cualquier catedral de mas de 500 aos. En fin me destapo la barretina como buen catalan ante este genio y recuerdo a los excepticos que ha Dali o gaudi le llamaban locos y excentricos, os suena.

Justo Rodrguez Fan: 14th May 2005 - 15:51 GMT

This man is simply incredible,i really admire him.I hope he finish his cathedral before he dies.

alfonso: 14th May 2005 - 18:04 GMT

I live in Madrid and I know there are a lot of people who dont know anything about this guy even in his own country, even I didnt know anything until I went to mejorada del campo to visit a friend a couple of years ago, it is very sad that his effort has been so unknown, but thankfully a TV ad is about to change this situation becouse he is the new protagonist of aquarius.I dont know if you will see this ad in the United states or wherever you are but at least he will be known in Spain.
he will never see his cathedral finished as he is too old,but at least I hope the authorities wont tear it down after his death(which is very probable).
Animo Justo,no dejaremos que jodan todo tu trabajo.

elaine: 14th May 2005 - 18:27 GMT

if you are interested in this kind of thing trawl the net entries on 'outsider art'. the periodical 'raw vision' has a website lots of these people are alive and visitable, but some are not and some are cranky - goes with the calling somewhat. however if you don't visit them in their lifetime their work often does get destroyed, so you won't see it 'live' after that. i tried to get people to drive me to the watts towers when in LA but sadly they thought i was mental for wanting to go and thought we would get shot, so i didn't get to that time...

Charls: 14th May 2005 - 23:02 GMT

Pero este hombre tiene permiso de obra? como se kaiga un pilar i se funda a alguien veremos si es tan buen hombre. SAlu2

Chris: 14th May 2005 - 23:31 GMT

I have lived in Madrid for 15 years and never heard of this guy. I see now that it's true and that it comes to show that if you have vision and an end in mind, great things can be done in this world.

nimo Don Justo, que te vas a hacer conocer por todo el mundo y seguro que llega la pasta para terminar la Catedral. Saludos a todos. Bye all.

jose luis: 15th May 2005 - 00:24 GMT

la obra en s es objeto de admiracin pero... la seguridad es preocupante

Otro sueo imposible.: 15th May 2005 - 08:38 GMT

Otro sueo imposible. La pagina de arte de un artista sincero y genial.

david: estan locos estos Espaoles

Pilar: 15th May 2005 - 21:09 GMT

You can help to Justo:

Maribel: 16th May 2005 - 15:01 GMT

Hola a todos!Es increible, llegu a esta pgina movida por el inters de conocer si es real la labor de Justo Gallego. Soy espaola y nunca he odo a hablar sobre l. Me encantara que el anuncio de Aquarius le ayude a ver cumplido su sueo, porque con l quizs reciba ms apoyo y ayudas. Es un Quijote que vive por un ideal.

I arrived at this page moved by the interest to know if the work of Right Gallego is real. I am Spanish and I have never heard speak on him. It would enchant to me that the announcement of Aquarius helps him to see fulfilled its dream, perhaps because with him receives more support and aids. It is a Quijote that lives by an ideal.

Katina: 16th May 2005 - 15:35 GMT

Tampoco yo haba oido hablar de este buen hombre hasta que vi el anuncio de Aquarius. Sorprendente! crea que se trataba de una estrategia comercial. Es de suponer que al darlo a conocer a las masas siempre habr quienes se interesen por su proyecto y reciba la ayuda para terminarlo en vida, pero no deja de ser preocupante el tema seguridad.
Tengo entendido que en verano grupos de jvenes se dejan caer por Mejorada y le ayudan en su obra (los hay que se dedican a recuperar pueblos abandonados, no? pues sta tambin es una buena causa)

Eng. A'mer Rabayah: 16th May 2005 - 20:07 GMT

i thank justo gallego, to do this great work, may be he did that to show us that anyone can do his dream if he like or decide and within a very simple ways. (no technology)

really very nice place and very nice work from (Arch, civil, structural, mechanical, electrical Engineer justo gallego)

Arnau Pujol Sanz: 16th May 2005 - 20:57 GMT

first, sorry for my english...

I'm From Spain, and I knew this magnific project only a few days ago, in a tv spot of Coca-Cola Company.

In Spain this kind of initatives are eliminated for the society in detriment for news like "Victoria goes to shopping while David Beckam training".
In my opinion this construction is almost importan than "la sagrada familia", concerning don't recive private support, just contributions.

Althought is a great idea, is concerned the security.

That's my opinion. Thanks to read me!!!

alba y carlos: 16th May 2005 - 21:50 GMT

todavia no nos lo creemos!!!...Ojala todos tuviesemos la fuerza y la constancia para hacer nuestros sueos realidad

alberto: 17th May 2005 - 15:03 GMT

A los que reprochan que esta construido al margen de la ley, que si es ilegal... por favor, yo creo que el esfuerzo de este hombre est por encima de cualquier normativa tica o social, que llegan a resultar ridiculas junto a la grandeza de esta persona.
Y a los que dicen que es "otro sueo imposible" veremos a ver si es tan imposible, porque de momento por lo que se puede apreciar en las fotos, debe tener construido como minimo el 60% de la catedral, y si has aguantado 40 aos construyendola, que os hace pensar que no va aguantar otros 15 para terminarla? Entonces ser cuando Don Justo reir el ltimo y le plantar cara a los que le ignoraron y los que no creyeron en su "sueo imposible", incluyendo a la Iglesia, que por lo visto tambin le ha dado la espalda.
Y que vaya por delante que yo soy ateo, pero pienso que cualquier ideal pilitico o religioso queda eclipsado por la inmensidad, la persistencia y el valor de esta persona que me da una de las pocas razones que quedan para sentirse orgulloso de pertenecer a este mundo.
nimo Don Justo! usted puede conseguirlo!

Rodolfo Camps Palacios: 17th May 2005 - 15:15 GMT

He visto casi por casualidad las pginas refridas a Justo Gallego Marnez (Gracias a "La ventana de Gemma Nierga) A partir de ahora cuando me pregunten como es Espaa podr decir que es un Pas tan increble que hasta puede haber un Hombre como Don Justo, capaz de hacer una Catedral

Otro Ms: 17th May 2005 - 19:04 GMT

Creo que muchos hemos llegado aqu por lo mismo. He vivido toda mi vida en Madrid y nunca he odo hablar de este tipo. Si es todo una invencin del marketing, me quito el sombrero por la campaa. Si es verdad lo que nos cuentan, me lo vuelvo a quitar por los cojones del buen hombre.

Keith Myers: This summer, Mejorada del Campo, Spain

Eduardo: 20th May 2005 - 14:46 GMT

If two hands did Justo's Cathedral, what can 1000 hands and minds do... Justo show us how we had been wrong along history!

Justo Gallego for President!

Anonymous ( 20th May 2005 - 16:24 GMT

This a blog in English, you should write in English too.
I've found many other pictures on the Internet:
There in English
And there in Spanish

Editor: 20th May 2005 - 16:40 GMT

just because the blog is in english doesnt mean we dont welcome posts/comments in any language. posters: feel free to speak in your native tongue, its ok :)

apenas porque el blog est en medio ingls del doesnt no damos la bienvenida a posts/comments en ninguna carteles de la lengua: sintase libre hablar en su lengua materna, su autorizacin:)

как раз потому что blog будет на английском языке середина doesnt мы dont радушное posts/comments в любых плакатах языка: чувствуйте свободно поговорить в вашем родном языке, свое о'кейо:)

we speak many languages on!

Anonymous ( justo eres grande

Bea: 21st May 2005 - 00:27 GMT

Estoy flipando!Cuando vi por primera vez el anuncio de Aquarius cre que era todo una creacin publicitaria , pero despus de informarme y ver las fotos solo puedo decir que es digno admiracin. Lo que me preocupa realmente es que ha este hombre que lleva pringando ah 40 aos , hasta la iglesia le de la espalda y lo que es ms triste todava que seguramente la catedral ser derruida cuando muera , independientemente de si la termina o no.Estudio en Madrid y cuando pueda tengo que pasarme por Mejorada. Espero que la termine aunque slo sea por darle en las narices a los que no creyeron en l.

causas perdidas: 21st May 2005 - 13:17 GMT

hi everyone, for helping Justo to finish his Cathedral you can visit these webs (its a Coca-Colas web) (its a fans web)

Thanks a lot

Miguel Ferrer: 21st May 2005 - 14:28 GMT

Yo soy de Madrid, y tampoco saba nada sobre el esfuerzo de este hombre por hacer realidad un ideal. Dnde puedo encontrar ms informacin?

Alberto: 21st May 2005 - 18:14 GMT

It may be well possible that Mr. Gallego is a mad man... but surely he's less so than millions and millions of people in the world. With regards to security, I would like to point out that having official permits doesn't prevent many buildings to collapse.

Daniel Blanco: 21st May 2005 - 18:34 GMT

Hy from Spain. my english is very bad, because i hope what you understand me.
Justo is a good person and your work is impresionant.
Thank's for your time and bye, Hasta Luego!
Daniel Blanco.Espaa

Carl: 22nd May 2005 - 07:52 GMT

Hi from England,
Well done man!!
I am proud of you as the Spanish we both are, and as the Christians we both are, and as the engineers we both are, and as the human beings we both are,
How open is Don Justo to help from qualified professionals (architects)?
I wonder if it is possible to make a proper project based on the current state and his plans; answering questions like: what should be modified to assure safety in the building?
To him, this will guarantee that the cathedral won't be demolished and will possible finished after his life. This is the best donation we could give him: "a certified that his dream will be completed"
One day I will meet you. One day I will do something similar. ONE DAY

Jos Otaola: 22nd May 2005 - 11:22 GMT

Hola Don Justo, desde Puerto Rico.
Don Justo will see his cathedral finished anyway; or even best, he will work on it for an eternity. Heaven is the attainment of the ideals we pursue on earth, Truth, Love, Beauty, Justice; then, Don Justo will have enough time to finish his beloved cathedral.
But, there is more to it than a finished cathedral. Is a lesson of what one can do through a lifetime of persistence and work in the same direction.
I cannot help but dream seeing this. One man, one life, one cathedral, one idea....

Cyril: 22nd May 2005 - 11:46 GMT

You can see the Aquarius spot and collaborate by going to :

Jose: 22nd May 2005 - 15:29 GMT

From Madrid too:
Im engeneer and right now asking me why am i studying so difficult things and Justo, just with his great and hard work has done something like this. Congratulations, we've got a lot to learn about you Justo.

Frederick Brown: 22nd May 2005 - 16:41 GMT

Absolutely Marvelous.
I wish I were near so that I could help but I'm in Montana, USA.
I hope he has written his will in such a way that what he has built cannot be destroted by others.
Praise God for all that is good and true.

luisopiso: 22nd May 2005 - 17:18 GMT

Luisopiso: 14th May 2005 - 19:22 GMT
Aunque no soy creyente, no puedo dejar de sentirme orgulloso de pertenecer a la misma patria que este hombre. Alavo su esfuerzo y su tenacidad. Espero que jams derriben su obra. Es un ejemplo para la humanidad.

And now, for those that don't want other language than English in this blog:
Though I'm not a beleaver, I can't help felling proud to belong to the same country of this man. I hope theyll never pull down his work.

Marta : 22nd May 2005 - 17:36 GMT

Realmente estoy impresionada despus de leer varios mensajes, de la cantidad de personas en todo el mundo que se estn interesando en esta GRAN E INCREIBLE OBRA, la verdad que si no lo ves no lo crees, yo soy espaola y nunca haba oido nada del tema, mi incredulidad ha hecho que est escribiendo este mensaje, ahora que me he informado, es real. Ojal existieran ms personas como Don Justo, el mundo sera ms feliz y ms humanos. Que pasada.... ANIMO DON JUSTO, le ver pronto, seguro....

Lupi: 22nd May 2005 - 21:26 GMT

Regresamos al principio de los tiempos, donde tus manos decidan tu futuro y no existan burcratas responsables de dar aprobacin oficial a lo creado. Gracias por existir desde
hace tanto tiempo.

gaylord: 22nd May 2005 - 22:05 GMT

would it be as special if he'd built a big barn rather than a cathedral ?
I hope so... but doubt it
If you like this stuff check out Nek Chand in Chandigahr

daniel ameneiros: 22nd May 2005 - 22:44 GMT

i see work and was talking with don justo and hes a very very nice person. A GREAT WORK, wonderfull

Francesc: 23rd May 2005 - 02:11 GMT

Completament sorprs per aquesta obra de la que no coneixia l'existncia. Tammateix una obra d'aquesta envergadura hauria de tenir ben garantida la seguretat. I si no es pot aconseguir garantir-la s'hauria de demolir. Les obres de visionaris, sense fonaments rigoroses poden ser perilloses. Amb tot crec que s'hauria d'estudiar la seva estabilitat i veure si es pot salvar.

bernat: 23rd May 2005 - 11:16 GMT

Si li tiren a terra la catedral al senyor Justo Gallego se morir del disgut. s un momument! i te molt mrit!, si us fa por, no hi entreu!

Helen: 23rd May 2005 - 12:56 GMT

Es un buen trabajo hacer una catedral asi enhorabuena

Andrew: 23rd May 2005 - 15:35 GMT

And now he takes the cief role on a TV spot... whats the next?

Anxo: 23rd May 2005 - 16:19 GMT

In Galiza there was a Deutch crazy man called Manfred. He built with his hands a museum made of stones in the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. When the dissaster of the Prestige he died, probably he died for the shame of seeing his sculptures covered by the oil. Now his museum is close to be abandoned, and some politicians and other stupid people (I now that politicians are included into the group of stupid people) are trying to destroy it.
Unfortunately history shows that these "creations" and "creators" are forgotten as soon as they die.
By the way, and dealing on security, Gaud never draw a plan for the Sagrada Familia.
If you are interested there are some info at:

juan francisco: 23rd May 2005 - 18:39 GMT

soy de aqui de Espaa y en mis cuarenta aos nunca habia oido hablar de este hombre y su reto es algo digno de almirar.Un fuerte abrazo Justo.

javnavarra: 23rd May 2005 - 20:48 GMT

es impresionante, esto nos ensea de lo que es capaz de hacer una persona con su esfuerzo, es admirable que mientras otros solo piensan en construir pisos para hacerse ricos este hombre solo piense en cumplir su sueo empeando todas sus pertenencias, un diez

Cesar: 24th May 2005 - 22:07 GMT

Esto es Justo lo que convierte a un loco soador en un revolucionario de la actitud ante la vida.

Gorsei Rialuga (Sayago-SPAIN): 25th May 2005 - 00:07 GMT

Al SISTEMA se le ha escapado un "alma libre" por una grieta. Al SISTEMA no le gustan las almas libres. Sea por la falta de papeles, de permisos, por la inestabilidad de lo construido o por "el mal ejemplo" que pueda suponer para el resto de las almas acobardadas... el SISTEMA acabar con este sueo y cerrar hermticamente la grieta abierta. Al SISTEMA le gustan las almas aborregadas, la burocracia, las hipotecas a 50 aos, los honorarios, los porcentajes de beneficio en sobres cerrados y las explanadas "urbanizables". Justo es un grano en el culo del SISTEMA... Qu sueo tan dulce... y tan breve!
Slo habr una solucin para esta catedral, que no sea la de demolirla a la muerte del "alma libre", y esa salida ser la de que polticos, eruditos y artistas "de renombre" la adopten como suya, la usen como trampoln publicitario, y se saquen fotos sonrientes, ante el riesgo que supondra para su popularidad aplicar las leyes y los criterios del SISTEMA que ellos mismos representan. Una vez ms se aduearn de un "alma libre" a la que hasta ahora, como al resto de ciudadanos, slo han sabido exigir impuestos y burocracias.
Esto es la vida y aqu hara falta cambiar muuuuuchas cosas. De momento Justo se saldr con la suya: Enhorabuena Justo.

Francisco J. S.M. (Huelva -Spain): 25th May 2005 - 07:30 GMT

Si yo en mi pueblo pongo un ladrillo (sin la oportuna licencia de la que tengo que pagar %), tengo una que pagar una multa (no me imagino haciendo una catedral).

Si los terrenos de Justo ya valen una pasta, supongo que su obra est jodida a su muerte. A ver a que organizacin se la deja para que no especule con ella!!!

Justo, espero que puedas terminar tu magnfica obra (tu sueo). Lo que despus sea de ella, depende de todos los dems...

Jose Manny B.: 25th May 2005 - 09:42 GMT

Hace muchos anos supe de este gran sonador, ahora nuevamente vuelvo a saber de El
justo hojala y un dia pueda ir a visitarte y darte ayuda a poner ladrillos o pintar
paredes tengo experiencia sabes !!!...... Dios te manterga firme en su Espiritu.

Isabel Cedeira : 25th May 2005 - 14:36 GMT

thanks Nacho for sending me the webpage. Its awesome to see that some people do things out of a true love for God or for some ideal they have. We should all stick to that instead of critizicing it! Animo Don Justo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rubn Prez Garca: 25th May 2005 - 21:16 GMT

I read in a newspaper that a Swiss man gave him 240000 euros last week: Don Justo still believes it was 2400. That's evidence of how a man is moved by ideals, not by money or by the search of fame.

He ledo en un peridico que un suizo le dio 240000 euros la semana pasada y que l an cree que fueron 400000 pesetas (2400 euros, vamos). Esta es la prueba de cmo un hombre acta siguiendo sus ideales, y no por dinero o popularidad.

Justo Delgado: 25th May 2005 - 22:43 GMT

Hace algn tiempo, lei un articulo, creo que fu en el Pais, hacer mencin a la obra de mi tocayo, Justo Gallego, y, la verdad lo tome a chirigota, ademas, con unas fotos, creo que de dos columnas, desde aqui, Justo te pido perdn por dudar de tu teson y constancia y te prometo ir a visitar tu obra muy pronto.
Hoy al en la pgina web, que una emprese parece ser que se esponsoriza de ella, quiro aadir algo. rimeramente, siento muchisimo que nuestros politicos, no se ocupen de personas como tu, que realmente soys los que haceis grande este pais. Pero tambien sera conveniente aclara si la Santa Iglesia Catlica y Apostlica, se ha manifestado al respecto, sera conveniente que se conociera su opinin a tu construccin y si colabora economicamente, o esta esperando a que termines la obra y vengan todos los de rojo y purpura a salir en la foto.
Soy Madrileo, ha nacido en Madrid y he vivido siempre en Madrid.
Justo deseara que aceptaras un fuerte abrazo de mi parte, y si puedo saber si tienes alguna entidad en la que, aunque no mucho, pueda colaborar con mi aportacin.
Como digo ire ha ver tu magnfico trabajo y me gustaria, ya que somos tocayos, darte un fuerte abrazo.
sigue adelante y no te desanimes que la historia se escribe con hechos como el tuyo, con tesn y humildad.
Un Abrazo.
Justo Delgado

PABLO bREZMES (LEON-MADRID): 26th May 2005 - 14:26 GMT

Im simply and absolutely astonished with the work of this visionaire Justo, and by the amount of messages around it; But, for all english-speakers reading this comments, i must tell you that the most amazing feature? about this guy and his cathedral is that nerly no one in Spain knew nothing of this amazing work until the ad.
Thanks to coca-cola, demonstrating that they can do positive work too, and to Justo for giving all of us some hope and strength to believe in dreams!

Peter: 26th May 2005 - 14:28 GMT

i dont know if is doing "positive work" so much as they are trying to co-opt imagery that appeals to their potential consumers, and therefore helps sell more of their product. there is so much precident for this, particularly with coca-cola.

i just hope they paid him well.

miri: 26th May 2005 - 16:42 GMT

si todos hicieramos como don justo y nos pusieramos manos a la obra con lo que de verdad queremos todo el mundo iria mucho mejor esto es mas que una leccion este hombre es un fenomeno nunca tireis la toalla luchar por conseguir lo que os importa

Rafael: 26th May 2005 - 20:10 GMT

Faith? Egotism? Insanity? Who cares. Justo belongs to that kind of men that make me recover for a while my confidence in humankind. Anyway, Justo, t'has pasao!

Paco: 27th May 2005 - 07:37 GMT

I don't know if it has been heavenly inspired, I don't know if this man is completely crazy, I don't know the future impact of this issue in Spanish authorities. I only know what I feel, I feel full of thrills. I feel like going now to give him a hand. Mankind is great, the biggest challenges of human being have been carried out with the strength of the heart, each one of us has a small part of himself in the walls of this cathedral.

Elena-Madrid: 27th May 2005 - 07:58 GMT

Increible!!! es alucinante que una persona se haya planteado un objetivo de tal envergadura y lo est logrando. La verdad es que supone un empujn, una motivacin para todos para dar constancia a las cosas. Enhorabuena!!

Dessire - Caracas: 27th May 2005 - 11:30 GMT

It is incredible!! I am agree with Gorsei's opinion. The political and social system has a rebeld in Justo. May be his work will fall down after his dead because these kind of things are not interesting at all for the oligarchy of the power.

Rocema Marbella- Spain : 27th May 2005 - 11:54 GMT

Aqu en mi pueblo todo se construye sin papeles y en zonas verdes sin que nadie haga nada para evitarlo, ahora llega Don Justo con algo que verdaderamente merece la pena y sin ningn tipo de inters de por medio y le ponen todas las trabas del mundo.Lo que tiene que hacer la administracin es dar la cara y poner al servicio de ste seor todo lo que haga falta para la seguridad de la cimentacin.
Es una verdadera leccin para todos. MUcha salud para que consigas terminarla Don Justo, t si que te mereces el Don

jojo: 27th May 2005 - 14:58 GMT

Y me jode de todas maneras por Justo y su fuerza humana que todo vaya a irse al suelo por las excavadoras dentro de unos aos. Que nadie dude que me jode.

Soy yo: 28th May 2005 - 00:21 GMT

Pero qu catetos sois. Esta historia ha sido publicada en multitud de ocasiones en distintos peridicos y revistas especializadas. Es evidente que en Aqu Hay Tomate o en El Diario de Patricia no vais a escuchar noticias de este estilo. Vosotros sois los que veis los documentales de la 2, no?

To my compatriots: You are so dimwit. This story was already published in a bunch of papers and especialized magazines. It's obvious that you are not going to hear about this kind of news while you are watching soap operas? Are you the ones who proclaim you love documentaries?

Peace out

Sensatez: 28th May 2005 - 10:43 GMT

Si alguien le tiene que apoyar, que sea la Iglesia y no el estado. No quiero que mi dinero se invierta en algo que en cualquier momento se puede venir abajo. Soar esta bien, pero como dijo alguien "los sueos sueos son".

091: 28th May 2005 - 12:46 GMT


Los veinte primeros das de Julio me voy a mejorada a echarle una mano a Justo. No tengo un duro, pero estoy sano, me encuentro fuerte y conozco el oficio.

Verdaderamente Dios ha bendecido a este hombre y, si me acepta, ser un honor trabajar para l.


nika: 29th May 2005 - 15:41 GMT

Cada vez q veo la publicidad de Aquarius se me saltan las lgrimas de la emocin,y eso q no soy para nada sentimental ni nunca me pas nada parecido,este hombre es en s un ejemplo de tesn,ojal le ayuden,sea quien sea:Estado,Iglesia-a concluir su obra(ya poda el Ratzinger echarle una manita y menos blablabla q ste hombre s q siente a Dios,no los del Vaticano.Adelante Don Justo

Jess: 29th May 2005 - 16:48 GMT

Don Justo, tu alto ideal
has de contemplar culminado
por Mara iluminado
servidor de Dios tan leal
un ingeniero

maria-Espaa: 30th May 2005 - 10:11 GMT

Qu Vergenza,en Espaa no hacemos ms q hablar estupideces por TV el 80% del horario televisivo es puro chisme(gossip),quien se acost con quien,quien es gay,etc,etc,y no nos enteramos de casos como ste en nuestro propio pas,si no es porque Aquarius le da por poner a este hombre y su obra en su spot aqu en Espaa no se entera nadie,empezando por m.Seas creyente o no(q yo no creo ni dejo de creer)este caso es un verdadero ejemplo de tesn y de ir a por todas por un sueo,por ms difcil q se te ponga,a ver si al menos La Iglesia tiene un guio hacia este hombre y su obra y a ver si el Benedicto ste se le ocurre mirar abajo desde su pedestal y le tiende una mano a este buen hombre,aunque sea por quedar bien con los fieles,q estoy totalmnte segura q Don Justo siente ms a Dios en su corazon q toda la Cura junta.Lo importante es q el nombre de Don Justo nunca ms ser olvidado en los corazones del pueblo llano.

MANILO DOORO: 30th May 2005 - 10:16 GMT


Eduardo Rodriguez: 30th May 2005 - 11:52 GMT

Enhorabuena por esta pagina tan buena. Conozco personalmente desde mi niez a Justo, quien en ocasiones me dejo ayudarle junto con otros amigos.
Para mi queda descartado totalmente el hablar de locura. Esa ilusion y afan de superacion personal han sido siempre y son su principal rasgo, algo que entiendo y comparto.

A nivel profesional tampoco entiendo que nadie le haya echado una mano a la hora del peritaje. Soy ingeniero y se que el peritaje es lento y costoso, pero es realizable si las fuerzas "vivas" de Mejorada del Campo asi lo quisieran. El problema es que se destinan enormes cantidades de dinero a fines poco plausibles, que ni tienen caracter cultural, ni educativo ni de ocio alguno.

La falta de ayuda a Justo refleja una vez mas la pasividad politica y cultural -independientemente del grupo politico IU, PSOE o PP - que vive
Mejorada desde mis aos ya lejanos de bachiller.

Un saludo para todos,

Millan Madrid: 30th May 2005 - 22:10 GMT

ojala hubiese mas gente asi para regir lo pueblos del mundo.
Sobre la ignorancia de la iglesia catlica mejor no hablar.

EL CID CAMPEADOR: 31st May 2005 - 10:55 GMT


angel: 31st May 2005 - 13:56 GMT

Mr Gallego and his "Cathedral" will become soon a marketing tool and a political (locally) instrument in Spain. He is now well known enough in Spain to get help. Social pressure will be enough to make his dream happen, to see his goal achieved, to finish his Cathedral. But unfortunately this will kill the spirit of his construction. It will not be any more a Cathedral built by one and only person (amazing person) with his own resources. He wants it to be a holly place dedicated to Nuestra Seora del Pilar, instead, it will become a tourist place. I think it will be anyway one of the most worth places to visit in the world for what it represents. Thank you Justo.


I don`t believe in GOD, so I support people that believes in his own goal if this goal is in the right way... to do people live happiest and Justo are doing it

Alejandro Carlos, Spain: 2nd Jun 2005 - 17:31 GMT

Don Justo es un ejemplo a seguir!! Es maravilloso ver cmo su catedral nos abre los ojos y nos hace darnos cuenta de qu clase de mundo vivimos, pone en evidencia a la iglesia, al govierno y a la clase de sociedad que nos han construido, donde parece que lo ms importante sea tener un puado de papeles en regla y no se valora el magnnimo espiritu y corazn que puede poseer una persona. Pienso que tenemos que ser ms crdulos, porque todos los que han visto el anuncio de Aquarius y despus no se han preocupado por investigar por internet para saber si esto es verdad, piensan que lo de la catedral va de cachondeo y no existe. Tanto si se acaba la catedral como no, para mi y para todos los que estamos enamorados de esta fuerza de voluntad tan grande,estar acabada en nuestros corazones, pues como dijo un hombre: "quien solo busca la salida, no entiende el laberinto; y aunque la encuentre, saldr sin haberlo entendido."

Me gusta ver cmo la gente se apunta a ayudarle a construirla, es espectacular ver cmo un alma arrastra a tantas tras de si porque ha llegado a su mente un sueo. Tena la duda de ayudarle porque si todos le ayudsemos ya no sera "la catedral de Don Justo" y sera la catedral de sus admiradores y Don Justo. Temo que por esa razn pierda mrito su gran obra, puesto que ya no sera una catredral construida por una sola persona (entonces la ayuda econmica no le quitara mrito); pero por otro lado, aunque miles de personas se vayan a manchar las manos de cemento por voluntad, sin nimo de lucro, pienso que sera igual de admirable, incluso ms!! porque en ese caso sera hermoso ver cmo el sueo de una persona puede mover masas de gente.

Tambin es todo un ejemplo para los recursos econmicos del planeta, para el medio ambiente, pues la est construyendo con material que encuentra como desperdicio.


huberto: 9th Jun 2005 - 07:38 GMT

2 years ago i flew over to justo and helped him in buildig his monument.
i stood there for a week and did whatever there was to do.
(i also slept in the catheral in a room that lacked anything but walls.)
it was a hard time (for a "holiday") but a worthwhile one. it was the most
educational experience of my life (even though i do not believe in god)

pio gordo: 11th Jun 2005 - 23:20 GMT

I heard about this on the news years ago, and always wondered how he got on.The local bishop can't be up to much. But then we do live in the age of Vatican II. and they don't like new cathedrals these days, or perhaps they are just embarrassed. Justo should be given some kind of support from the authorities.

Lili: 13th Jun 2005 - 02:02 GMT

Coca-Cola Company,

I would like to thank you for drawing attention to the
work of Justo Gallego Martnez in Spain. I can, on one
level, identify with difficult creative work that goes
unappreciated. As odd as this next statement may
appear, I believe it to be true: You have performed
a very significant service for mankind by drawing
attention, and now assistance, to the work of
Justo Gallego Martnez. In a world where many
corporations commonly engage in less than ethical
activity the Coca-Cola Company has set a wonderful
and much needed example.

Thank You,


Anusha: 21st Jun 2005 - 12:58 GMT

Tnx to the add of the brand Aquarius by the Coca Cola Company, Don Justo finally receives the support he deserves. He is not anymore that fool building his cathedral, he has become a example courage and strength. He held on to his faith in God (not too much in mankind) and his dream is to finalize this work of ART before he dies. He would be happy to hear the choir sing in his cathedral. Spain finally woke up and sees the with astonishment what have been in their country for all these years. This defently have changed now for him... let's only hope that nobody wants to ruin the foundation of his idea and creation...

Lili: 22nd Jun 2005 - 05:51 GMT

Anusha, how amazing, how wonderful, to know of him hearing the choir sing. I feel he may hear it now - no blueprints - or "blueprints" as we usually refer to them. Have you ever heard of Hildegrad Von Bingen ?

Anusha: 23rd Jun 2005 - 16:40 GMT

Hi Lili

No, have never heard of Hildegrad von Bingen.

The only "fear" I have re. brother Justo his case, is that sooner or later, somebody shall try to make a lot of money out of this man's work of Art and forget that his work is nothing else but a monument to human Spirit. The human spirit is not for sale nor can be used for business.

If I can make it, I shall go and visit Mejorado by November this year. Not only to see with my own eyes this construction but because the story of this man and his faith really got deep and I have even cried out of emotion while hearing the story of this man. Why did I cry ? because it is so wonderfull and yet so rare now a days to find people with a strength like this man and against all odds, keep on having faith in his God. I'm not Catholic and are not a friend of the Catholic Church but this man's story goes way above any religious conviction.

The Coca Cola company paid Brother Justo (by ways of speaking) as a donations for his construction. They have paid the "rent" of the use of a cathedral. He does not want the money for himself but only to pay the material he needs to build his cathedral.

One could say, by making this add for the brand Aquarius, the CC Company gets in one way or another rich tnx to Brother Justo's work. Yes, but the focus of the add was never on the beverage but to the human being. Without this add, brother Justo might have remained, at least in Spain, complete unknown and his work would have been destroyed after him passing away.

There is no guarantee at all the building shall not be demolished after him passing away but finally he received in life the recognition for him being a genius.

elaine: 23rd Jun 2005 - 16:50 GMT

hildegard von bingen, she's only happy when she's singin

Peter: 23rd Jun 2005 - 16:56 GMT

if i had a dollar for every time i had to listen to Columba Aspexit in my college music humanities coursework... oh man, its permanently stuck in my head after reading this.... hmm.

Peter: 23rd Jun 2005 - 17:00 GMT

check it... the ad campaign everyone is talking about:

Lili: 25th Jun 2005 - 11:48 GMT


I think people will now protect Don Justo from corrupt or foolish people, because most people, when
an issue is clearly spelled out, are able to see come down on the side of right action; on the side
of goodness. So many people are on the surface cynical but underneath they are hope-filled. I heard a story from a man who helped liberate one of the WWII concentration camps and, briefly, it goes like this (paraphrased): The environment was so thick with smell, and the living so dieased
and dirty, that we kept our distance. We were afraid that the stronger might try to riot and hurt
themselves so we made it a policy to not give any of them the limited food and cigarettes that we
had. One of the stronger ones, able to walk, came up to me and asked me if I had any cigarettes
and I said, "No". He came back to about about 20 minutes later with small cigarette butt in a tin
can and handed it to me with tears in his eyes and said, "Thank You for liberating us." My heart
lightened and after all the evil that I had seen this man helped me to heal; to see the goodness
in man again.

So I think now that people know they will, I hope, and now pray, protect Don Justo's work and
important contribution to mankind.

Hilegrad was a nun from Germany who lived in the 11th century; who is well known, had great and unusual gifts, and wrote and performed hymns (do a google search - she is very interesting).


Faith: 30th Jun 2005 - 06:47 GMT

Jesus is great! Look what great things He has shown us through Don Justo. The cathedral is for us to see but Jesus gave Don Justo the mind to construct it all in his head before. The rest is "only" labour. I admire both the Creator and the worker of this cathedral!

paco epoca: 4th Jul 2005 - 22:44 GMT

no tengo palabras para demostrar mi admiracin por este hombre tan peculiar, trabajador.... Es realmente impresionante el tesn, esfuerzo e ilusin que este hombre ha puesto, en una obra en la que creemos muchos, excepto la propia iglesia. Simplemente, Justo es genial.

Jon: 4th Jul 2005 - 23:38 GMT

Justo Gallego es un hombre increible. todos los dias no se conocen historias como esta. es probable que sea un caso unico en el mundo y hasta la fecha. Mucho mas inteligente es evaluar la obra y asegurarla, aunque sea con andamiaje, que demolerla. creo que es el minimo respeto que se puede tener a el y a su obra.

monica saavedra,aviles asturias: 5th Jul 2005 - 09:30 GMT

Simplemente maravilloso.No comentare si no tiene permisos de obra ni nada de papeleo,solo comentare la actitud de un hombre frente a su sueo:envidiable.Envidio su fuerza de voluntad,su ilusion y su fe.Las envidio porq no las tengo.Ojala q nunca destruyan algo tan maravilloso como es la fuerza de voluntad,porq eso es lo q representa para mi ese hombre y su obra.Gracias por esa leccion Don Justo

Rafael Gonzalez Sancho: 8th Jul 2005 - 06:56 GMT

Animo por su esfuerzo que seguro que sera recompensado de muchas maneras.
Es impresionante que en el siglo 21 no se haya perdido esta manera de construir gracias a Justo Gallego.

una arquitecto: 14th Jul 2005 - 13:10 GMT

Lo primero enhorabuena a Don Justo por su habilidad y perseverancia. Ya quisiramos muchos.

Claro que construir "a ojo de buen cubero" se ha hecho en todas la pocas, y en cierto modo se sigue haciendo:) pero con una laaaarga experiencia de aos aprendiendo el oficio!!! Construir un edificio bajo el cual van a ponerse personas no es ningn juego... Quiero imaginar que algo de asesoramiento habr tenido ,es ms estoy segura de ello, porque una cimentacion, por ejemplo, y lo siento muchsimo, no se puede "hacer a ojo" sin una experiencia de muchos aos, y aun as a veces sale mal!, y si no me creen, prueben ustedes segn terminen el caf:D

Quiz este bien hecha, quiz no lo est...

Espero que la catedral se conserve porque ser dificil que algo as se repita (gracias a dios esto no es la norma, si no bamos apaados). Ir a verla en cuanto pueda.

CarlosF: 14th Jul 2005 - 17:46 GMT

Creo que la Coca-Cola debera retribuir los beneficios que recibe de la imagen de este hombre excepcional, de tal forma que no slo pida apoyo econmico para terminar esta magnfica obra sino tambin buscar asesora tcnica en ingeniera estructural para rescatar este monumento al espritu humano y evitar que sea demolido debido a los bajos niveles de seguridad y estabilidad que pudiera presentar.

I believe that the Coca-Cola Co. would have to repay the benefits that receive from the image of this exceptional man, in such form that not only requests economic support to finish this magnificent work, but also by looking for technical advice in structural engineering to rescue this monument to the human spirit and to avoid that it'll be demolished due to the low levels of security and stability that it could present.

xanita: 17th Jul 2005 - 15:42 GMT



MONICA CASAL: 19th Jul 2005 - 08:38 GMT





pires-chaves -portugal.: 19th Jul 2005 - 21:46 GMT

don justo ,es el mejor quijote que haiais tenido nunca -gracias don justo

nathalia diaz: 25th Jul 2005 - 00:36 GMT

me alegro de que este hombre tenga apoyo de acuarios seguramente con este apoyo realizara su sueo ah! y eso de permiso de obra es una boberia en canarias todava hay pueblos en los ke no se usan esas cosas ANIMO DON JUSTO

Renate Kaack: 25th Jul 2005 - 10:42 GMT

Impresionante, Don Justo! That reminds me on "Pillars of the Earth" of John Steinbeck that I read many years ago. In my opinion Don Justo does not get device or donations from officials and architectures because they do not want to admit that he has exceeded them only by following his dream. Thanks to Don Justo to show us how far we can get if we keep following our dreams!

Moya :26 jul 2005 Alcala de Henares: 25th Jul 2005 - 22:31 GMT

Tan cerca y sin conocer a un genio de nuestro tiempo.Me sorprendio el anuncio en tv como a una inmensa mayoria de gente y al descubrir que es real.Comparto la opinion de todos aquellos que opinan que este hombre merece todo el apoyo de instituciones y dejarse de legalidades vanas.
Y que me he emocionado al ver las imagenes y los comentarios de otros internautas.

from_spain_with_love.: 31st Jul 2005 - 09:53 GMT

I think Spanish authorities should help don Justo to finish his cathedral. It could be very atractive from the turistical point of view.

R.C.: 2nd Aug 2005 - 06:42 GMT

P.B.P.W.M.G.I.N.F.W.M.Y. Please Be Patient With Me God Is Not Finished With Me Yet. "Know you not that you are a living "cathedral", a temple not built with hands, eternal in the Heavens."

To Barcelona (Estel): 2nd Aug 2005 - 19:25 GMT

Es impresionante! Me encanta esta historia y sobretodo que es cierta y que puede haber gente como Justo, ms tendran que haber como l. Que por cierto todava no he visto el anuncio pero he entrado en esta pgina porque me lo haban comentado y no me lo crea mucho. Sencillamente me encanta.

charles j rauch 13th Aug 2005 - 19:05 GMT

hes an example for all of us.

Robert: 13th Aug 2005 - 23:38 GMT

I'm shocked that the associations of architects has not joined this man to help 'get it done' as their approval of man's urge to create in the form of buildings. Surely they can put their skill and resources to use and make sure it gets finished and stands for centuries!

TomMich: 16th Aug 2005 - 11:17 GMT

In response to an earlier comment by jupiterbaal on the longevity of Medieval cathedrals, I would like to remind you that many cathedrals did fall down due to faulty building techniques or poor foundations. I was reminded of this when studying the magnificent cathedral ruins of St. Andrews, Scotland. The European landscape is littered with these types of ruins. Wars, decay, and neglect were not the only reasons for the transition from living cathedral to ruins. And for those of you in the U.S.A., I like to remind you that you have your own great "folk" one-person architects: Harry Andrews's castle outside of Cincinnati Ohio, built by one man over a 40 year time span; Watts Towers in L.A. just to name a few.

Edu: 23rd Aug 2005 - 15:18 GMT

I live in Mejorada del Campo, Justos town. In fact, I help him working in the cathedral when I have a little time. Someone asked about his age. He was born in 1925, so hes eighty now. And no, It WONT be torn down when he dies. The bishop of Alcal will take care of it, according to Justos testament.

Andres Villacarrillo: 27th Aug 2005 - 14:17 GMT

Que cojones tiene este hombre. Espaol tenia que ser... Arriba Espaa Coo

What a great man!! This is a real great man, and not bush schroeder or blair.

Wojtek: 5th Sep 2005 - 12:11 GMT

Poprostu Przepiekna Katedra Jestem Pełen Podziwu Dla tego Człowieka!!! Oby tak Dalej!

teamess: That's great!!! no more comments

oscar GLEZ: 16th Sep 2005 - 11:16 GMT


Snia: 17th Sep 2005 - 15:35 GMT

I've just been there, it is amazing!!! He was there, working on a ladder on the top of the roof, with the help of some young people who came from Barcelona three weeks ago to help him for a month. The cathedral is huge and beautiful!!! You should see it, i can't belaive he did it alone... Animo Justo!

Uly Paya: 24th Sep 2005 - 09:41 GMT

I met Don Justo in 2004 and was introduced to his huge artwork.

This Cathedral is absolutely a symbol of the inner temple every human being is able to build! Like Don Justo I am also building a huge temple and I think everybody is doing this. But he makes the "inner temple", a huge building visible like lots of people constructing their temple e.g. in dreams. If this cathedral would be destroyed after Don Justos death, a great symbol would be lost forever and his strength and vision would be gone.

Uly Paya

Anonymous ( 13th Oct 2005 - 07:12 GMT

Don Justo I just have heard from this, and i want to say that you are
a genies.

inan: oi sou do brasil

Veronica: 20th Oct 2005 - 10:50 GMT

I am from Spain and I am really impressed about this wonderful men.I think he is an example for all us who live in a superficial society.Unfortunately in Spain he is not very well know.He is believed to be a mad person.The other day my sons draw teacher call him stupid for stand up for Justos cathedral.He said that it only was a spot of cocacola.Spain is different

Andy: 25th Oct 2005 - 13:12 GMT

I saw a report on T.V last night about this and came searching the internet for images to try and share this mans amazing story with others. At the end of the program I had such a mixture of feelings from awe and admiration for his dream to great saddness at the thought that he will die with his dream unfinished and that his lifes work may be torn down upon his death.

Don Justo is a saint

Crispin: 3rd Nov 2005 - 17:44 GMT

i have alot of respect for this man, i just hope he can get some help to finish building that before he dies and they disrespectfully tear it down.

Kika ( Murcia, Spain): 25th Nov 2005 - 16:39 GMT

Mucha suerte

Good luck

Carlos Luis Martn : 30th Nov 2005 - 11:56 GMT

Hemos comenzado con los clculos de estructuras de la Catedral de Justo, y por ahora entendemos que la edificacin garantiza la estabilidad estructural.

(We have begin with the calculations of the Catedral of Justo, and for the moment we understand it gives the security of resistence).



Marta: 3rd Dec 2005 - 21:39 GMT

Congratulations - Felicidades from Paris!!!

Don Justo all the best, it is fantastic what you are doing. i am form Madrid and I soon will go and see you and your piece of art. I just saw in the french tv and you made me proud of being Spanish. Sigue adelante

Cristina: 3rd Dec 2005 - 21:51 GMT

Ojala que Zapatero en lugar de apoyar el proyecto absurdo del estatut y apoyara cosas tan autenticas como esta.

mabel: 3rd Dec 2005 - 21:59 GMT

Como se puede hacer par darle una donacion? es una obra maravillosa la que esta haciendo y creo que hay que ayudarle. El alcalde del pueblo parece que no hace nada

daniel ioan roman: 4th Dec 2005 - 15:36 GMT

Justo Gallego Martinez, soll uns alle ein Vorbild sein.
Die Frage ist! Warum wird seine Glaube und sein Tun nicht von der Katolische Kirche untersttzt?

Wirbelev: Ad maiorem dei gloriam

Wirbelev: soli deo gloria

Carlos de Madrid: 4th Jan 2006 - 11:10 GMT

Si quieres hacer alguna donacion para continuar mejor con las obras de esta arquitectura,
pues puedes por ejemplo hacerlo a la cuenta de banco de D. Justo:


anon ( 4th Jan 2006 - 11:12 GMT

it is a wonderfull work of art and architecture, it is worthy to help it to continue in the History (of art and heart of man)

alanis365: 6th Jan 2006 - 02:14 GMT

Me alegro de que exista gente en el mundo con tanta vala, es un gran ejemplo para todos aquellos que nos ponemos lmites, sinceramente es emocionante...
No es maravilloso? el ser humano es imprevisible...

anon ( 15th Jan 2006 - 21:59 GMT


anon ( 18th Jan 2006 - 22:23 GMT

Esta tarde me he acercado a vosotar la denominada "catedral" de Mejorada del Campo. Me ha parecido un obra impresionante por el hecho de levantarla un slo hombre, arquitecto autodidacta y asctico. Es un ejemplo de tesn y de ilusin a sus 80 aos. Adelante, Justo!. A ver si el Ayuntamiento toma la obra como suya, porque, adems, esa construccin puede ser una atraccin turstica para el pueblo. Saludos a los de Mejorada. Rodrigo

well: 23rd Jan 2006 - 00:17 GMT

Building codes exist for a reason. It's a nice dream but giving strength with "extra cement" is as likely to weaken the structure as to strengthen it. I admire his vision but he's building something haphazard and unsafe. Once a tourist gets crushed when something falls from a wall, or when part of this building with NO FOUNDATION falls, I wonder how many salutes this guy is going to get.

If he wants to build such a thing, and puts up a fence to keep the public away and safe permanently, fine for him. But he is risking the lives of his nephews and no doubt other people.

anon ( 25th Jan 2006 - 19:04 GMT

From more than 40 years ago, Justo Gallego was reading books of architecture and he has been working in those years seeing in direct the way of resistence of materials, so now when he says his construction is sure that can be unless a kind of guarantee that we can take as good when people who were working there years ago remenber that efectivily there is a big foundation (unless 4 meters of depth) with a hard concrete in a soil that also is very resistent with rocks. In spite of the aparent haphazard, when you study slowly every detail and where the pressures and tensions go, you discover it is a good work for resistence and stability of the totality. Other thing is that the hammers or tools are in high places and if people are walking in those places can move those and could let drop those things; any way it is forbiden to go up in the towers, only you can go up if you specially ask permission and you take all attention.

Debbie Bautista: 3rd Mar 2006 - 12:33 GMT

Hello from the Philippines. I first saw Justo's cathedral on TV. I was very amazed not only of the very grand structure but even more so for his simple and single-minded heart. He is one example for me of a person who is so focused on God and all his works do nothing but magnify Him.

Even if some people may think that the structure is not worth his time as there is the chance that it would never be used, I think otherwise. The structure is a monument that symbolizes what one can do if he loves God.

ERNESTO VENEZUELA: 3rd Mar 2006 - 16:58 GMT

ERNESTO VENEZUELA 3 3 06 quien coo les daba permiso en la epoca pasada a los que edificaban iglesias y catedrales este anciano con su iniciativa e inventiva esfuerzo y en solitario se ha metido en el forro de su paloma a todos incluyendo de primeros a sus paisanos te admiro

JESUS: 7th Mar 2006 - 22:48 GMT

Es triste, pero lo que va a suceder es que esgrimiendo problemas legales,de seguridad,etc.el ayuntamiento de mejorada derribar esa iglesia y construir, acto seguido, alguna nueva urbanizacin.
De esta forma, acabarn con el sueo y las aspiraciones religiosas y espirituales de Don Justo y otras muchas ms personas,pero satisfarn a cambio las aspiraciones materiales y monetarias de otras pocas, como el alcalde y sus amigos constructores, que son las unicas que entienden...


Roberto (MEJORADA DEL CAMPO): 21st Mar 2006 - 03:46 GMT

Vivo enfrente de la catedral y no entiendo a la gente que piensa que eso se va a caer, que es una chapuza, ... YO EN MI VIDA HE TENIDO NINGUN TIPO DE MIEDO DE QUE SE VAYA A CAER Y CAIGA SOBRE MI CASA. Jams lo he criticado, todo lo contrario, de pequeo he ayudado a Justo a guiar a los turistas y cuando he hecho reforma en casa le he dado todos los muebles que no me servan; cualquier cosa es poca para este gran hombre como es DON JUSTO GALLEGO. Todo el que le critica es po envidia de no poder hacer este monumento con sus manos.
JESUS: 7th Mar 2006 - 22:48 GMT tiene razn, el ayuntamiento de NUNCA ha querido la Catedral pero como al hacer el anuncio de aquarius le ham dado 12000 por cortar las calles para rodar, ha visto una fuente de ingresos, pero cuando pueda se la va a quitar de enmedio. YO LO EVITAR.

Roberto (MEJORADA DEL CAMPO): 21st Mar 2006 - 03:54 GMT

y una cosa... porqu intento meterme en la pgina web que hicieron y no aparece? Coca cola ya se ha cansado de ayudarle?

lourdes: 25th Mar 2006 - 21:02 GMT

es algo espectacular la vi hace poco y estoy deseando volver con mis hijos de 12 y 14aos creo que alucinaran como yo

animo Justo

bri: 9th Apr 2006 - 18:17 GMT

I have just seen it - it's very weird and a bit tacky-looking but it's worth seeing; especially in this village which has nothing really else.

bri: 9th Apr 2006 - 18:19 GMT

re:xantia - where did you learn your English???????

Cynthia: 24th Apr 2006 - 13:18 GMT

Simply inspiring. Justo, you are a Cathedral yourself.

I just read an article on Don Justo's work. I've been trying to log on and it doesn't work. Does anybody know where can I find the Coca-Cola ad?

...igorka...: 28th May 2006 - 07:24 GMT

Don Justo!

Vitya: Respect.

desi,esther y alfon: 21st Jun 2006 - 17:04 GMT

hemos visitado hoy la catedral y todavia no lo creemos, como la idea de una persona en su cabeza puede llegar a transformarse en la obra de arte que acabamos de ver,hemos conocido a justo, que ya forma parte de nuestra historia de españa.increible.ojala termine su sueño nosotros estaremos con el.UN BESO JUSTO

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Mejorada: 7th Jul 2006 - 15:17 GMT

Hello all. I lived in Mejorada for 3 years. The cathedral is amazing, but not so much people trust in all this efforts. Many kids there say this guy is crazy. We all should call the Mayor of this city and try to convince him to help this person to finish this construction. The Mayor of the city of Mejorada del Campo is "Mr. Fernando Pearanda". He is a young and very approachable person. Why dont we all give him a call??? The Mayor's office number is: (+34) 91.679.48.00

Kyle: 9th Jul 2006 - 06:00 GMT

He is such a role model, he has done so much yet he is only one person. It is good that people support him such as a FRENCH, A FRENCH, HMMMMM A! FRENCH interior decourator who has offered to design the interior.

Ariel: 22nd Jul 2006 - 20:44 GMT

I cant belive there are suckers talking about law and permissions. What this man did is unbelivable!! I bet theres not even one person on this forum who dedicates her life to a dream.
This man shows us what the human being is able to do. Just one man constructing his dream outside the sistem. We should learn about this guy.

Ger van de Ven: 8th Aug 2006 - 21:53 GMT

It is impossible, you do not believe it, it is a wonder. That tiny man build the cathedral al alone, without any help. And no plans on paper, no structural drawings. I admire this monk wich I met in 2001, wish him succes. It is a pity that he cannot complete his work but I hope the Spanish government shall subsidize the project because it is a great object of art that can be compared with facteur Cheval's palace in Hauterives France and Sam Rodia's towers in the USA. Anyone who wants to discus this project contact me Email adrres:

Ger van de Ven: 9th Aug 2006 - 13:31 GMT

Comment from Mejorada del Campo

Mejorada: 7th Jul 2006 - 15:17 GMT
Hello all. I lived in Mejorada for 3 years. The cathedral is amazing, but not so much people trust in all this efforts. Many kids there say this guy is crazy. We all should call the Mayor of this city and try to convince him to help this person to finish this construction. The Mayor of the city of Mejorada del Campo is "Mr. Fernando Pearanda". He is a young and very approachable person. Why dont we all give him a call??? The Mayor's office number is: (+34) 91.679.48.00

You better publish his E-mail addres so that we can send him a mail, that is easier.

anon ( 14th Aug 2006 - 23:45 GMT

Justo: conoc tu maravillosa obra y tu historia narrada por ti.en casa de tu hermana donde vivias alrededor de los aos 1989 al l.992. Fu varias veces y no me cansado de dar a conocer tal monunumental evento. Mostrando las fotos que al haba tomado. Luego desde ac empec a buscar todo esto por internet y no os encontr. Razon por la cual comenc a daros a conocer y a pedir que abrieran pginas sobre el tema dandoselo a conocer al mundo. Y afortunadamente hace unos aos atrs os encontr Creo que al nacer solo nos han dado tiempo y lo que hallamos hecho con s es nuestra responsabilidad. Y all te he puesyto siempre se ejemplo. Dios te bendiga y te cuide que personajes como t en este mundo despiadado ya casi no se ven. Que sigas siendo el ejemplo de vida que el ser humano necesita. Un abrazo y gracias por esxistir y por haberte conocido Silvia

rinn: 18th Aug 2006 - 04:52 GMT

It is simply astounding. It shows how far human acheivement can stretch, with a little help of 'faith'. faith as small as a mustard seed can move a mountain, and Don Justo is a living example of that.

Ger van de Ven: rinn, I agree with you.

Ger van de Ven, 2006-19-08: 19th Aug 2006 - 20:53 GMT

Why shouldn't we try to buy the lot and finish the cathedral after Don Justo's death?
Try to continue the erection by getting the money though our foundation?

Ger van de Ven, 2006-19-08: Through foundations

Ursula Sauer: 20th Aug 2006 - 15:28 GMT

Ein wirklicher Heiliger! Wenn man etwas will, schaft man es auch. Hier ist der Beweis. Möge Don Justo 100 Jahre alt werden und noch lange seine Kraft behalten.

Mari: 27th Aug 2006 - 22:33 GMT


Miren Itxaso: 29th Aug 2006 - 10:59 GMT

HI, we are a couple of Mejorada del Campo and think both that the hobbles that the Mayor the Town hall "probably" should to itself to which, once missing person Don Justo, some money comes to his pockets once knocked down the cathedral and cheap flats were built in his place for the youth that "alone" 300.000.000 Euros cost. And the church might think two times what she says before speaking:She says that in these days the people separate of Christ's faith when they have in front of her eyes a certification test of christens faith and of abnegation in the work of a man that this using his life and his estate in a monument dedicated to the Virgin of Pilar. This way she is as she pays the Church the dedication of a Christian?. It is a shame as they treat Justo person. And according to them they are Christian ... very much blow in the chest and they are all as Judas.We must fill the mail of the Town hall of e-mails in order that they stop negotiating with the faith of a human being. And if we can put on clothes of work and to help him, much better. Do not they say that the union does the force?. Since we see if now they can with us.

miryam: 17th Sep 2006 - 08:59 GMT

Something to give any cynic their faith in humankind back. Thank you, Don Justo.

Scott: 18th Sep 2006 - 08:05 GMT

It will be a very beautiful structure, just hope the Novus Ordo mass isn't said in it.
It seems more suited to the Traditional Mass~

Timothy Morgan: 19th Sep 2006 - 22:41 GMT

I pray, Our Lord uses this church for the return of the age old Tridentine Mass to Spain, she dearly needs it. Deo Gratias

anon ( 19th Sep 2006 - 23:38 GMT

What an inspiration this man is....a living saint? Beautiful story and a more beautiful person.
Cheers from Canada.Tony

Isabel de Celis - Spain: 20th Sep 2006 - 09:14 GMT

It is brilliant to know that in this time on age we can have a "Don Quijote",
with vision and dreams; of course Don Justo, you will never be a prophet in your
own land. Well done for your achievement. What you do is JUSTO what you should.

Stoner: 21st Sep 2006 - 17:38 GMT

As an architect, I find this man and his endeavor gripping. Whereas I may think that the simple structure of such a building is quite simple, mainly because it's a uniform design used in thousands of cruciform churches and well documented/detailed in thousands of books, it's still compelling that someone is capable and more importantly willing to spend a vast amount of their own money to build such a thing. I wish him luck in finishing, though I think one must compare this endeavor to that of Gaudi's Sagrada Familia in Barceloa: highly compelling and interesting, but ultimately flawed and will most likely will never be finished. Nevertheless, if he can acheive such a thing using the materials and work force he's limited to, it may be one of the best "feel good" stories of this decade...

mamaosa: 25th Sep 2006 - 20:34 GMT

Muy interesante que la nica pgina que he encontrado sobre la Catedral de Justo en Mejorada del Campo, est en ingls.Eso s, las fotos son buensimas.Un saludo

JOHANN DOHMANN: 27th Sep 2006 - 02:00 GMT



keith raml: 27th Sep 2006 - 04:04 GMT

Just found about this wonderful man and his vision. It reminds me of the sculptor of crazy horse monument is South Dakota. It is amazing the strength of a single person who stays true to their inner trueth. I wish I was that strong. Any info about sending donations?????

Stephanie La Porta: 27th Sep 2006 - 06:22 GMT

This gentleman is truly incredible. What a fantastic story! Such dedication and determination .......what a handsome and serene face he has. I think I am completely enamoured with this whole story! Keith Rami asked a good question. How do those of us who would like to help support this mans'dreams, do so?

Stephanie La Porta: 27th Sep 2006 - 06:26 GMT

PS sending my warmest wishes to Don Justo Gellago from Canada

Dan: 27th Sep 2006 - 10:11 GMT

Well! When you were young did you dream of growing up to be a building inspector? A tax inspector? Something along those lines. People with an attitude like yours are the death of individualism and dynamisim. Bow our heads and obey. No. This man is an inspiriation, something you will never be, and can never dream of being. Go read The Alcemist (Paulo Coelho).

well: 23rd Jan 2006 - 00:17 GMT

Building codes exist for a reason. It's a nice dream but giving strength with "extra cement" is as likely to weaken the structure as to strengthen it. I admire his vision but he's building something haphazard and unsafe. Once a tourist gets crushed when something falls from a wall, or when part of this building with NO FOUNDATION falls, I wonder how many salutes this guy is going to get.

If he wants to build such a thing, and puts up a fence to keep the public away and safe permanently, fine for him. But he is risking the lives of his nephews and no doubt other people.

Suresh Joseph ( 27th Sep 2006 - 11:35 GMT

Can Anyone living close to him, visit and ask about sending dontations to him?

Please, that would so kind of you. They can mail me @ with subject donation.

Suresh Joseph.
From India, presently @ Muscat.

Charles Ma: 27th Sep 2006 - 14:46 GMT

What an incredible accomplishment from an inspiring human being. Weather or not the Cathedral will be finish is not too much my concern, I just truely hope the authorities won't demolish it afterward. It is such a triumph of humanity.

In a country with such Architectural history behind it I can't believe & i quote: " date not one architect or builder has been prepared to take responsibility for this building." It is rather disappointing don you think?

Best Wishes to Mr Don Justo

Philip from Kerala.: 30th Sep 2006 - 20:22 GMT

Wow!!! I truly wish I were somewhere near this great guy so that I could do something physically and otherwise to help realize this wonderful dream of his. I salute the indomitable will and determination of the human spirit as evinced by Justo. I wish him godspeed and a very long and energetic life. Can I hope that authorities in Spain will finally realize the significance of Justo's enterprise and accord him due recognition?

Anne: 4th Oct 2006 - 17:51 GMT

How can I help???? heart is full and I need to help this person. What do I need to do? You may contact me at

Ger van de Ven: 9th Oct 2006 - 19:31 GMT

Anne 9th Oct 2006

Anne I tried to contact you but it said that your E-mail address was wrong.
Please send me the correct address

Sally: 14th Oct 2006 - 16:43 GMT

I was in Mejorada del Campo a week ago and Don Justo asked that visitors to the cathedral not bother him while he was working so I couldn't ask him about donations. He had this sign up against the window though:

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Or you can always put money in the box:

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phoesing: 30th Oct 2006 - 00:45 GMT

Tonight I just heard on NPR that an Architect has donated his time free to help with the project.
Oh and here is the location on Google Earth... 4023'39.16"N 329'17.90"W cut and paste these cordenates into the address search line and it will take you there.

zainnafawnn: 30th Oct 2006 - 16:45 GMT

What a great inspiration! One can only hope that he can get support for this project. To see someone take on such a large task all alone, is just inspiring. I hope people will help him out in whatever way they can. If they destroy his work after he is dead, it would be a tragic thing. He shows us what real love and devotion can manifest.

steveperreira: 31st Oct 2006 - 03:30 GMT

I heard it on National Public Radio while in a dreamstate late at night. There I was, sleeping in the starlight illuminated loft of my own mini-version of Don Justo's Cathedral. It my own home, a tribute to the greatest architect ever, Gaudi of Barcelona, a home that is being self-built and of it's own style, rather Gothic. This man inspires me to work even harder, my task though, being ever more attainable in 7 more months (23 months into it). I pray that Don Justo live a good 30 years more to see his dream realized. Hell is to just a reward for anyone with notions of deconstructing his masterpiece. Next trip to Spain, I'm going there.

comiche: 1st Nov 2006 - 20:35 GMT

Incredible...the genius of the human mind and the will of one man... what a testament to the greatness of the human spirit to dare to dream and and to believe.... and what an even greater testament to his beliefs.

Julin Nez de Arenas Blanco: 6th Nov 2006 - 11:43 GMT

Hace venite aos que conozco la Obra de Justo Gallego Martnez; le he prestado mi ayuda como trabajador, he soldado, amasado, nivelado, compartido trabajo con l mucho tiempo; tambin he hecho de guia turistico esplicando los pormenores de esta Gigantesca obra.

JPellegrino: 23rd Dec 2006 - 18:47 GMT

He makes me realize how I have managed to waste 27 years of my life inspired by nothing more than my own desires created to feed the addiction of my own flesh. It is amazing what one can do if they are inspiried and have the desire to achieve their dreams. A trip to Spain doesn't sound like a bad idea.

Peter Dykes: 24th Dec 2006 - 01:57 GMT

In this grim Orwellian world of ours where everything is controlled by a corrupt totalitarian state (read: vicious characters that have weasled and conned their way into power by hook and by crook) and regulation of everything we do abides,it is very refreshing to see that an utterly exceptional individual has achieved something so totally outlandish in the full face of authority, as embodied in the State and the Church.

Spanish local government would dearly like to rip this down because it represents a slap in the face to their authority, but now 40 years later they may have left it too late - unless they can prove that the building is structurally unsound - as destroying a lifetime's work and dedication of this extraordinary person might be construed as an insult to the ordinary people of Mejorado del campo, who also have their aspirations, but have never dared put them into effect.

Nasra: 24th Dec 2006 - 02:00 GMT

Justo is an inspiration to all! To have the faith, and perseverance to keep on going for 40 years despite all the negative talk from the people of his town, is just amazing. May God bless you Justo!

Tara: 24th Dec 2006 - 02:20 GMT

thats so awesome. What an amazing work of art and a very talented man. Amazing.

anon (localhost): 24th Dec 2006 - 02:59 GMT

I hope he finishes his master piece & it lasts for generations.

Morgan: 24th Dec 2006 - 03:15 GMT

Amazing story. My dad and I were driving in Colorada about 10 years ago about 100 miles south of Colorado Springs and we came upon Bishops Castle. There was a man doing a similar project by himself though not quite as large. Do a search for Bishops Castle and it sould bring it up.

Oscar the grouch: 24th Dec 2006 - 03:22 GMT

"Affliction",is right. I'm glad he's not my neighbor."I have no previous building experience",what a nut. If he'd built it out in the country side I'd have less of a problem with this. Have a yucky day.

Oscar Grouch: 24th Dec 2006 - 04:59 GMT

Looking at this monstrosity through an Engineers eye, I was quick to note the sub-par concrete pours and immature choices of building materials in critical locations. Apparently he allows the public onto the property, yet hasn't the sense to ensure their safety by way of outside design concurrence and inspection. Certainly he can not obtain liability insurance given the lack of involvement by public officers. This website is purely a marketing ploy aimed at preying on uninformed emotions and gathering donations to his insane cause. I'm sorry old boy, but it's time to check yourself in to the local dementia unit.... or haven't you built it yet?

Joe Leikhim Oviedo Florida: 24th Dec 2006 - 05:35 GMT

Beautiful building. I hope that he succeeds in building it and that it outlasts his detractors and their offspring. One only has to look at the claptrap being built in the US to appreciate his efforts.

Mike m - Apopka, Fl: 24th Dec 2006 - 09:50 GMT

What he has done is amazing But can you imagine the people he could of helped with the spirit and determination he has? A church or cathedral being built for God starts in the Hearts and minds of people not a brick and morter building. He should of started with one building and get it occupied then build larger building until he starts the Cathedral. This way the local officials and people would be more willing to accept the building and help with codes. BUT he didn't and because of this most fear it will be torned down after his death. Even though he has kept busy he can be considered having idle hands. The building efforts will be a waste of a life.
I applaud the effort but what a waste if it is only one mans dream and that dream dies with him.
People of Mejorada del Campo stop thinking he is crazy, stop teaching your children he is crazy and figure out how to help preserve a mans dream.

Joseph Carvajal, Brevard, North Carolina, USA: 24th Dec 2006 - 13:07 GMT

It is absolutely fantastic that this one man, working alone, could have built this great edifice over a period of time. Now that he is 81 years old and slowing down a little, others should now act to preserve his creation for posterity. It does not have to be seen as being only a religious statement, but also as an indication of the wondrous things that can be achieved by human beings of great spirit and determination. Don Justo is a man to be admired, and his cathedral could well become a self-supporting tourist attraction. Let us hope so.

Victoria Cobb: 24th Dec 2006 - 14:28 GMT

Only a man inspired of God could create such a magnificient operation. My prayers are for its continuity.
Hephzibah, GA USA

Pete Cesarini: 24th Dec 2006 - 15:36 GMT

A few thoughts:

1. Reminds me of another famous Spanish Don - Don Quijote. Who is Don Justo's Sancho Panza?

2. Another Quixotic monument (sculpture) still stands tall in Los Angeles, The Watts Towers. Very similar stories - in the end after builder Simon Rodia's death (another famous Spaniard!) Los Angeles authorities condemned The Towers and attached cables to test structural strength, expecting them to fall during testing. After failing to move anything using a crane - the strain of the effort apparently caused the crane to fail, sparing The Towers. Officials in Mejorado del Campo, Spain might consider honoring the life work of a man whose creative vision and genius was matched by his determination and hard, steady work. Who among us can ever boast of grabbing a dream and fighting so long and hard to make it happen for decades? This is a man worth honoring and remembering!

Anthony Joseph: 24th Dec 2006 - 16:51 GMT

His effort is relentless, his vision is elegant, perhaps the self-important politicians, bureaucrats and clergy who disparage him for his sincerity will one day come to another point of view. I hope that his cathedral will one day stand completed, loved, and used.

John: 24th Dec 2006 - 19:55 GMT

This is a good example to us all that we can make our dreams a reality, not just dream about them all our lives. That having been said though, Justo is missing the fact that our heavenly Father does not call us to devote our lives to making buildings that can only bring temporal satisfaction and which will inevitably be destroyed. He calls us instead, after the example of His Son Yahshua, to devote our lives to serving others and to the building up of His kingdom, which will last into eternity and for which we will be abundantly and eternally rewarded.

Erin: 24th Dec 2006 - 21:57 GMT

Earlier last year someone mentioned that nothing like this cathedral would be allowed in the US. There is a gentilman just outside Castelrock, CO who is building a castle with a working drawbridge, moat, and a dragon that breathes fire. There is also a museum in CA where the man who built a castle made it out of 1-6 ton slabs of coral and he did it at night all by himself. My point is that that kind of inginuity and creativity are everywhere and I find that inspiring.

Josh: 25th Dec 2006 - 06:19 GMT

This man truly deserves to be remember. Not only is his devotion something uncommonly found during our times; but his passion as well. If only everyone had as much devotion and passion for the things we do in our daily lives. The world would be a better place (excluding terrorist, drug dealers, and etc.).

Justo Gallego Martnez is a needle in a haystack.

Grace: 25th Dec 2006 - 12:21 GMT

More than the structure itself is the example of what one human being can achieve with faith, dedication and unswerving vision. On this Christmas Day I'm thankful to have come upon this web site. Too often I have given up on things dear to my heart because I was sure I couldn't accomplish them. So, now, reading this, I can't help but wonder - What if I had just gone ahead, one brick at a time?

Kim: 25th Dec 2006 - 14:00 GMT

My husband sent me info about this cathedral because it reminded him of the "castle" we accidentally found while driving through Colorado (Bishop Castle: Similar situation and circumstances -- and personality of the builder! Such feats require more dedication and commitment than most of us can even imagine...

Dolores Hall: 26th Dec 2006 - 02:01 GMT

We need this guy here in New Orleans to help with the rebuilding!

Maxi: 26th Dec 2006 - 17:29 GMT

I find it fitting and humbling to find this story while surfing the net aimlessly on a dead day when I don't want to be at work. Wouldn't the simple effort and breathtaking accomplishment of this incredibly spiritual individual be compromised if his effort was organized, his building certified and his mission immortalized? What he is doing is between God and him. If they understand, do we have to?

Mustang: 26th Dec 2006 - 20:38 GMT

God Bless him for his vision. I hope his project sees fruition and commands respect from the local politicians. His determination and unfailing dedication to his project demands respect and applause. How many people can maintain such dedication in the face of adversity? I applaud him and wish him much success.

Ron: 27th Dec 2006 - 02:37 GMT

Fantastic! This man's perserverance to achieve his dream is amazing!
I hope he manages to complete it within his lifetime!

Herbert Perez Ferro: Go, Justo, Go!!

Barth from Texas: 27th Dec 2006 - 06:57 GMT

If there were a Paypal link, I would contribute! This guy is The Truth!

Me: 27th Dec 2006 - 20:48 GMT

God bless him and I too hope he finishes this in his lifetime. Is there anyway we could creat a paypal account for him? I would definitely contribute also. Let's help him complete this, he would feel so satisfied to have finished it!

This person said it all: God Bless him for his vision. I hope his project sees fruition and commands respect from the local politicians. His determination and unfailing dedication to his project demands respect and applause. How many people can maintain such dedication in the face of adversity? I applaud him and wish him much success. ::::: I completely agree!

Brian McCue Dec 29,2006: 29th Dec 2006 - 16:18 GMT

Extremely inspirational. Are the folks there so limited in there thinking to even suggest it be removed. Look at the great number of people who are inspired by his creation. The government should thank him for building it and some support would be welcome. Its wonderful to be in the creative energys of inspiration. God loves it when we are inspired.

anon (localhost): 30th Dec 2006 - 05:55 GMT

Pauline Conley Dec 29, 2006

This is quite fasanating. He is a great man for doing this.

Craig: 31st Dec 2006 - 10:02 GMT

I'm not a Catholic and don't approve of the sect, but YOU GO DUDE!!!! Too bad I'm an electrical engineer or I'd take responsibility for it.

Jean: 31st Dec 2006 - 14:13 GMT

I heard about this cathedral a short while ago on the BBC 24 hour news and immediately determined we should visit on our next visit to Spain next April/May. Sounds wonderful, fantastic, etc. Don Justo's work shows better results than the Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona which, after many years time and many peoples work is still far from being finished.

weetum: 1st Jan 2007 - 18:32 GMT

Hi ! I teach English to building apprentices in France and would like permission to use the article, and the comments, in my ENglish lessons - something original like don justo's amazing work is bound to provoke interest ! How do I get permission ? Can anyone tell me please ? Thanks in advance, and keep up the good work, don justo. Would love to come and visit Madrid one day, and of course your beautiful building ! Much love, Weetum xx

Jim Morrison, Coventry: 18th Jan 2007 - 12:30 GMT

What an amazing building!
Gallego is an awesome man.
It gives me faith in the human spirit to see something like this

Ger van de Ven, 2006-19-08: A great creation.

Ger van de Ven, 27-01-2007: 27th Jan 2007 - 22:49 GMT

I am glad that in a lot of countries people are interested in Don Justo's cathedal. Why not creating a foundation to get money for Don Justo's project?

Raymond Robijns: 23rd Feb 2007 - 09:30 GMT

My wife and I visited this wonderful building and this wonderful man back in 1998. Now quite some years ago and we always wondered what had become of him and this "display of profound faith". As we see those pictures he achieved quite a lot during those years. I sincerely hope he or others (when he grows too old to finish it himself) continue this work of spiritual art. All in the service of the Father in Heaven. Thank you for this article.

sheila : 2nd Mar 2007 - 13:19 GMT

Soy de Mejorada del campo y e visto a Justo muchas veces es el mejor sigue asi no cambies

Miguel-Angel: 16th Mar 2007 - 20:34 GMT

IT is something trully amazing. Don Justo should get a greater recognition, although I doubt it is something he has been looking for during his life. It is a unique thing to see this old man trying to make his dream come true.

Loki : 11th Apr 2007 - 05:27 GMT

This is totally inspiring:

And to those who question the structure's strength: I work in Construction and Demolition. I can say that from pictures, he has done a great job for "scab" work. and domes mounted on squares are the strongest structures known to man, due to the joining portions being made up of inverse arches that distribute weight evenly. The oldest building of this sort is in turkey, well over 1,000 years old and historically (and recently) has survived 9 point earth quakes with no damage to the structure.'d probably be disturbed to know how structurally sound some construction that appears to "meet code" is....This man is doing it for the love of god, and likely with god's guidance...If his heart is in the right place it will stand.

Most construction workers (excluding myself from this statement) do not take that kind of pride in their work or put that kind of love into it.

Chad S. C-bus OH: 2nd May 2007 - 23:41 GMT

Really amazing! I believe this church will stand for a long time, as it should. I am not up to date on current Cathedral construction projects, but I am wondering if this is the only one?

Eric: This man should be canonized.

Kerri: 30th Jun 2007 - 05:57 GMT

I have been to see Justo in person and I have to say he is the most inspirational person I have ever met in real life. He is the sweetest (and the kookiest) old man I have ever spoken to. His cathedral cannot be described in words, it is SO LARGE and so impressive considering he has no formal training. He told us the story of where his inspiration came from, and gave us a personal tour, even of the bottom floor that is not really open to anyone. It was so massive and so filled with passion. It made me wonder if I will ever have a drive that strong. He is truely an impressive soul, and I hope when he passes away his years of work will not be bulldozed over and turned into houses. That town does not have anything really interesting in it besides this cathedral, I hope someone finishes it so everyone else can witness this amazing feat.

Mario C , Sydney,AUSTRALIA: 4th Jul 2007 - 10:07 GMT

Well people you really have to see this remarkable feat of uneducated engineering , this guy deserves respect, my family & I had the privilege of seeing this beautiful cathedral in 2006 and we spent over an hour just admiring all the different types of structures ,basically made from left over materials people donated after their building projects, so many different tiles of all colours and sizes, same as concrete slabs of all different thicknesses and texture, the guy deserves to have a statue made of if indeed the cathedral does get demolished after his death...he will be well remembered and the legacy will remain alive!!!

Brian, Mornington, Australia: 21st Sep 2007 - 13:17 GMT

It may not be finished, but I was thrilled to see the progress made since 1994 when I first visited Mejorada del Campo. In spite of the continuing obstacles, Don Justo seems unstoppable! This sort of publicity is what he needs. I made a small donation to him in 1994. Perhaps your readers would like to express their admiration in a similar way. If is not officially accepted for use as a Church, it should be kept as a unique monument to one man's faith and perseverance.

anon ( 5th Jan 2008 - 16:39 GMT

hace tres dias he visitado la catedral y hablado con Justo he comprobado que el pasadizo desde la sacristia a la catedral est casi terminado y ademas dentro de la sacristia se est realizano en la techumbre una nueva entrada de luz muy amplia en su centro y en un rincon se ha construido la torre del homenaje HOMENAJE AL ALTISIMO. TENEIS QUE VERLA es alucinante......

julian nuez de arenas blanco: 5th Jan 2008 - 16:47 GMT

no paran de ir autocares de pensionistas, del colegio de la paloma, ect.ect....
en un dia de fiesta domingo sern tres o cuatro los autocares que nos visitan.
el trabajo est vivo muy vivo en esta catedral se puede ver por la transformacin en los salones
del claustro que se estn cubriendo las vigas del techo y adecuando las lipternas que jalonan la estancia alargada de una de las partes del claustro. impresiona cuanto ms se visita y en los cuadernos de visita se pueden apreciar esta agradable sorpresa y regocijo..gracias don justo.

angie: 6th Mar 2008 - 22:36 GMT

i found this website after seeing a documentary in spain. i think the cathedral is amazing and would love to visit it. Don Justo, usted y la catedral estan estupendo.

gabby: this is so cool!!!

Marilyn: 23rd 11.42: 23rd Mar 2008 - 10:44 GMT

MHoping to make a visit with friends 14th April arilyn:23rd Mar 2008

Terry Taylor: 29th Mar 2008 - 19:23 GMT

This man deserves a medal for sheer amazing drive and clarity of vision is this overregulated world....more power to his architrave!!

Dillon DD: 14th Apr 2008 - 20:25 GMT

i visted this palce and it is truly amazing however its quite sad
there is no way he can finish this thing and its is so unsound foundationaly that it will have to be torn down when he dies
however This man bike to the cathedral every day and this sos that there is some dedication and good in people yet

BDP: 16th Apr 2008 - 14:52 GMT

Absolutely amazing! I loved this cathedral since I watched a short movie on TV three years ago. This is a great achievement. I hope that they will not demolish it, that would be crime.

Salutes and respect from Bulgaria!

Josine: 28th Apr 2008 - 22:41 GMT

I've been last week there. It's fantastic what he's making with his own hands. Now he got a vieuw workers with him.

Respect for Gusto he is amazing and adorable

ruben: 9th Jun 2008 - 23:02 GMT

desde espaa(from spain)
este hombre es maravilloso(i love)
viva espaa

Maureen.: 30th Jul 2008 - 12:58 GMT

A miraculous achievment what a wonderful man and as I have said many times what has age got to do with it. Its the wanting to do something special and with faith you can follow through. God bless you with love.

Raquel: 8th Sep 2008 - 13:38 GMT

Hu there, I just read your article concerning Don Justo 's cathedral and I loved it, mainly because I think you describe perfectly the dream, the persistence, the hard work of this man.

I have visited the cathedral,and I was really sad for not having a peace of paper to leave him a note (i did not see him there :() saying how proud I was, and how beautiful is his work.

I really think that it is a piece of art that should not be destroyed just because it's not made in the conventional way, and that the "ayuntamiento" of Mejorada del Campo should support this idea, even after his death.

Congratulations on the article, really

Hug from Portugal

Steve - Albox, Almeria: 11th Sep 2008 - 15:41 GMT

If (en espaol)

Si puedes mantener tu cabeza cuando todos acerca de usted
Estn perdiendo el suyo, y que culpar a usted,
Si puedes confiar en ti cuando todos los hombres duda usted,
Sin embargo, para tener tambin sus dudas;
Si puedes esperar y no se cansa de esperar,
O minti acerca de ser, no se ocupan en la mentira,
O ser odiado, no dar paso a odiar,
Y, sin embargo, no parecen demasiado bueno, ni hablar demasiado sabio;

Si puedes soar - y no hacer los sueos de su capitn;
Si puedes pensar - y no hacer pensamientos tu objetivo;
Si usted puede cumplir con Triunfo y Desastre
Y tratar esos dos impostores de la misma;
Si usted puede dar a conocer la verdad que has hablado
Twisted de knaves a hacer una trampa para necios,
O ver las cosas que le dio a su vida, rotos,
Y Stoop y construir 'em con desgastado herramientas:

Si usted puede hacer un montn de todas tus ganancias
Y el riesgo que a su vez de un tono y tirar,
Y perder, y empezar de nuevo a sus inicios
Y nunca una palabra acerca de su prdida;
Si puedes forzar tu corazn y nervio y nervio
Para servir tu turno tiempo despus de que se han ido,
Y as a celebrar cuando no hay nada en ti
Excepto la Voluntad que les dice: "espere!"

Si puedes hablar con multitudes y mantener tu virtud,
'O caminar con reyes - ni perder el contacto comn,
si ni enemigos, ni amantes amigos le puede hacer dao a usted,
Si todos los hombres contar con usted, pero ninguno demasiado;
Si puedes llenar el implacable minuto
Con sesenta segundos de distancia el valor de correr,
La tuya es la Tierra y todo lo que en el mismo,
Y - lo que es ms - usted ser un hombre, hijo mo!

I'm going to pass by and lend a hand soon. There comes a time when you have to stop doing nothing...

Thanks for the article... Regards

Steve - Albox, Almeria: 11th Sep 2008 - 15:48 GMT

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;
If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with wornout tools;
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on";
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings - nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run -
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man my son

As above.... Thanks

Terry Taylor: 12th Oct 2008 - 10:02 GMT

Great to hear that the building work continues in spite of the difficulties and I wish the man the best of health to complete the project.
Best Wishes Terry Taylor

mutjatjo: 2nd Dec 2008 - 19:02 GMT

this is not an art monument at all, i consider, but it is a monumental antropological issue

mutjatjo: 2nd Dec 2008 - 19:03 GMT

I am not sure if the church will stand after he dies....

mutjatjo: 2nd Dec 2008 - 19:07 GMT

and forget about, he will never finished, if a construction company doesnt help, he told me he needs 30 more meters up, and finish the roof, but his hands were completely smash by concrete, u saw the scafol? terrifying.....also, if someone wants to keep it, needs to rehabilitate the all think becouse the ironing of the structures are really disaster, as I say is the concept to me what it is a monument! what really matters...

Josep: 28th Dec 2008 - 10:50 GMT

I went to see it yesterday out of curisosity, and I think it is a very nice cathedral,the concept is great, much nicer than any other modern cathedral, I think it should be finished and checked by a construction company.It woul be nice that he could see the completion of his work before he dies. WHen Justo dies, his nephews will probably sell the property, he is a single man.

Andrew: 21st Jan 2009 - 15:59 GMT

I worked on the cathedral for a couple of weeks last summer. There are a few volunteers who turn up while the weather's good. It was a great experience and I learnt a lot. I think its safe, it has good foundations and a lot of love has gone into it. Nowadays people want wrapping in cotton wool, it's safe enough, I mean it was only a hundred years ago in England that we started to put in foundations.

manuel ferrando de cadiz: 16th Feb 2009 - 17:19 GMT

Si comparo el Vaticano con la catedral de Don Justo.Tendre que hacerlo con un calculo matematico.
cuanto dinero? cuanto tiempo? cuanto poder?,
Lo siento, pero no me salen las cuentas.Me quedo con la quimica y la fisica de Don Justo.
Es pura energia. es amor elevado ala quinta potencia. Que Dios te bendiga Don Justo.

J E Scholtens: 9th Apr 2009 - 20:25 GMT

I'm from Holland
I was there a couple of times; my son Anton worked there some weeks aout 7 years ago.
it's very impressing

zxcvb: 5th May 2009 - 15:07 GMT

this man's determination is simply amazing! and this surely serves as a huge inspiration to people all over the world. however, there are reasons why construction and safety rules are to be obeyed! what would happen if he completed the construction and 200 people would gather for the opening and due to an improper foundation the whole building collapsed and killed all the onlookers? or does he expect the spirit of god to hold the roof up? while i agree that this person's efforts are admirable, i have to side with the authorities on this issue. he is risking his own life and, more importantly, the lives of others by building a structure without proper engineering skills.

Juan Paulo De Amirates: 6th May 2009 - 12:37 GMT

That's totally amazing.
great story, thanks for posting it.

Andy: Blessed be Don Justo and his amazing building!

Zwirni, Austria: 28th Jul 2009 - 21:49 GMT

I'm from Austria and have seen a TV story about Don Justo and his church. Unfortunately it looks like the church will be destroyed after the death of Don Justo. The land is in the middle of a new city and could be sold for good maoney. Don Justo want to give the building to the catholic church of spain but the did not give any comment what they will do with it. But as it is not an official building of them, the will not finish it.
Sad but true.

graubaer47 from Burgenland, Austria: 29th Jul 2009 - 19:25 GMT

i saw a report on don justo and his church on austrian television (ORF 2, "kreut und quer")last night and must admit that i am full of respect for and truly impressed of the man and his work, his persistance and his endeavour. don justo, for me, is one of the many nameless heroes of our times. i wish him and his building activity many years to go and good luck.

Stablack: 10th Aug 2009 - 20:35 GMT

I saw it a couple of years ago,and everything i can say is that is absolutely amazing.
And if you didn't now,it was depicted in an aquarius commercial which was shown on tv,at least here in spain.
Here's the url at youtube:

ItscoldupinFinland: 21st Aug 2009 - 10:52 GMT

The mediaeval Cathedrals of Britain, with which I'm familiar, were built over centuries, and bits were added on in the fashionable style. As regards building codes, Salisbury Cathedral, which has a 123m spire has only 1.5 (yes 1.5) metre deep foundations... it's still standing after 750 years, with a bit of a lean. These buildings were built by master craftsmen, though, who worked in the trade their whole life (sometimes literally!)

Rosalia: 24th Aug 2009 - 14:21 GMT

The building is fun and should be tested after its completion and reinforced if necessary but never pull down, that would be a real shame.

Carlos: 15th Sep 2009 - 13:54 GMT

The structures have being studied by doctor architect and he said the construction is resistent.

Michael: 25th Oct 2009 - 02:35 GMT

A gentleman in my home state is building his own castle.

Dan Barker: 27th Oct 2009 - 22:03 GMT

I visited the place a couple of times a few years ago and met Justo. Well worth a visit. Easy to get to on the bus from Madrid.

Robert: 29th Oct 2009 - 20:32 GMT

This faithful man is admirable and he truly deserves all the help in the world.
Hope he can overcome every obstacle and be able to finish the work of his life.
Este hombre de fe es admirable y, verdaderamente, merece toda la ayuda del mundo. Deseo que pueda vencer todos los obstaculos y pueda finalizar la obra de su vida.

John Rathnakar - India: 10th Nov 2009 - 17:33 GMT

Dont you think the cost that you are spending on this huge and beautiful building. how many can be fed for many years and how many people will be help with there medical help. Pls consider the living and not the unliving things.

Dave Miller: 20th Nov 2009 - 18:35 GMT

Poverty, like affluence are states of consciousness that will always be available to the human race. Whether art, space exploration or the Taj Mahal, we will and should always pursue the greatest glories and tributes to our love for life and creation in our own ways - just as Don Justo is doing.

I have the greatest respect for people like Don Justo who give their lives out of love for something beyond themselves. The buildings' beauty lies not in its bricks but as a expression of his love.

Egon Gruenwald: 15th Dec 2009 - 21:12 GMT

I was there, an the building is sooooo big, to build by one men?,Charles: 8th Jan 2010 - 01:06 GMT

And he still remains an example to all of us..such a pity that we humans do not have even a fraction of his strenght and determination to accomplish a universal good for all human kind..

Melody: Beautiful.

Someone: 13th Jan 2010 - 03:10 GMT

its an absolutely gorgeous structure with a beautiful design. it should be finished. if he dies before it does, i hope that some dedicated people take over his work and complete it in his honor. i also hope it doesnt get torn down when he passes away. this man should is an inspiration. its strange that nobody has stopped him so far - perhaps they all realise that its something unusual and unique? perhaps they actually realise the intense passion and reason behind his building and his doing? Or, maybe theyre just waiting for him to pass.. if they continue to be intelligent and let him continue, it should just end up one of hte most inspirational and amazing wonders of Spain. My respect, admiration and support goes to him.

julian nuez de arenas blanco: 11th Feb 2010 - 16:16 GMT

he encontrado al hombre justo que tu SEOR pedias para no destruir SODOMA Y GOMORRA por tanto seor aqui lo tienes este hombre se ofrece detrs de tu crz
para ser clavado como t por la salvacin de las almas del pulgatorio ESA es su FE
comunicacin que yo poseo en uno de los muchos dvd que he grabado del JUSTO

Adam collins - Portsmouth: 18th Feb 2010 - 13:01 GMT

I saw this on the Paul Merton in Europe TV program just a couple of days ago and I thought that this was an amazing structure, to build something as grand and beautiful as this (even in its incomplete state) with no training and only his faith and determination to keep him going is an absolute inspiration. I just hope he finishes it before he dies.

et verbum caro factum est: 1st Apr 2010 - 03:18 GMT

If Gaudy met you would be amazing,atonishment!!!
The genius couple!!!

Laurence: 2nd Apr 2010 - 05:52 GMT

Good afternoon, Happy April Fool's Day!

Mr. & Mrs. Goldberg had just got married. On their way to their honeymoon, Mr. Goldberg said to his new wife, "Would you have married me if my father hadnt left me a fortune?"
She replied, "Darling, I would have married you no matter who had left you a fortune."

Happy April Fool's Day!

anon ( 9th Apr 2010 - 17:57 GMT

Whoever does not appreciate and admire this MAN's genius work has little to talk about. As an artist, I view this Cathedral as a pure work of art and great imagination. Sure, I know it most likely does not meet the "safe" building code, however, to tear down this man's dream would be a SIN.
I would like to see ONE person accomplish what this man has created with no help or very little, I doubt such person exist. For all of you who creticize this labour of love, try to accomplish as much and only then I may back off with my words. God bless him.

julian nuez de arenas blanco: 11th Apr 2010 - 14:02 GMT

I thik so what "justo" is several year old, he is 85 year old is very very old for change, and the famili "in cristian" open the live of very much people what olso when go in the cathedral of justo the time stop........

julian nuez de arenas blanco: 11th Apr 2010 - 14:15 GMT

oportunamente se ver el cambio que esta construccin ha realizado en tanta gente.
cambio de esperanza porque todos los que yo he podido ver salian con una nueva visin despues de la visita
a esta construccin que como yo digo en uno de los videos referidos a esta obra es una catedral que esta viva y en ella la gente aprecia esta viveza, se percibe en todo, y es por ello que la gente siente tristeza cuando tiene que abandonanos; yo solicito a D.JUSTO que ponga a la entrada otro cepillo ms pequeo que el que tiene, adems de este con un indicativo que diga yo ya he visitado la catedral (n de veces) y en ese cepillo ms pequeo cada visitante se compromete a depositar (un euro x n de veces)nos sorprenderia ver que es el cepillo pequeo el que ms ayuda ofrecera cada da alguien se suma a mi peticin..decir (jaque julian).......y cuando sumemos 200 jaques; realizaremos esta peticin a JUSTO.....!!ANIMO!!

julian nuez de arenas blanco: 11th Apr 2010 - 14:15 GMT

oportunamente se ver el cambio que esta construccin ha realizado en tanta gente.
cambio de esperanza porque todos los que yo he podido ver salian con una nueva visin despues de la visita
a esta construccin que como yo digo en uno de los videos referidos a esta obra es una catedral que esta viva y en ella la gente aprecia esta viveza, se percibe en todo, y es por ello que la gente siente tristeza cuando tiene que abandonanos; yo solicito a D.JUSTO que ponga a la entrada otro cepillo ms pequeo que el que tiene, adems de este con un indicativo que diga yo ya he visitado la catedral (n de veces) y en ese cepillo ms pequeo cada visitante se compromete a depositar (un euro x n de veces)nos sorprenderia ver que es el cepillo pequeo el que ms ayuda ofrecera cada da alguien se suma a mi peticin..decir (jaque julian).......y cuando sumemos 200 jaques; realizaremos esta peticin a JUSTO.....!!ANIMO!!

Hugh: 18th Apr 2010 - 20:00 GMT

A book has just been published about this story of a man building up his cathedral alone.
It is called "La Cathdrale" by Olivier Larizza.
It's a great novel, apparently the author has met Justo (to whom he pays a tribute at the end of his book) and imagined a story based on his encounter with him.
This gives an awe-inspiring, moving and spiritual novel that I recommand to anyone interested in such a challege (the author's website:
See you!

dick ( this guy is gay!

JH: 25th May 2010 - 11:25 GMT

"Nor does he have the benediction or support of the Catholic Church.....
The cathedral has been bequeathed by him to the Bishopric of nearby Alcal de Henares."
Those statements seem to contradict each other.
A great work, though maybe like a sand mandala, short-lived.
I wonder how many people who are
criticizing architects, etc, for not helping will go over
there and lay a couple of bricks? I'm sure
most of the work is unskilled, so you're all qualified to help.

anon ( 29th Jun 2010 - 21:10 GMT

i have never seen so much determination. I hope he will succeed and receive the necessary help.
Good luck Don Justo!

Fran: 18th Aug 2010 - 22:31 GMT

Its true. Im from Spain and i see. Sorry my english.

Laura: 31st Aug 2010 - 16:26 GMT

I hope when I go to Spain next Summer he is still alive and the cathedral still up.

Ayanina: wow an amazing story he's 85 years old

anon ( 6th Oct 2010 - 07:20 GMT


Brad Sommers: 8th Oct 2010 - 17:38 GMT

This is an achievement of literally monumental proportions. The imagination, courage and sheer willpower demonstrated by this man is awe-inspiring. That one little man of modest means is responsible for this, even with the latter help of others, is so say "If he can do THAT, then surely I can do ____." (Fill in the blank)

julian nuez de arenas blanco: 26th Oct 2010 - 12:58 GMT

repito mi peticin de jaque julian



AK: 10th Nov 2010 - 01:03 GMT

Downright amazing.

I applaud Mr. Don Justo and his passion to develop something of this complexity out of recycled and donated materials with his bare hands. My admiration is and will remain with him. Hopefully his journey and effort will be shared among the world; dreams will be fulfilled.

anon ( 12th Nov 2010 - 15:56 GMT

i'm from madrid, and this cathedral is very beautiful. recommended to visit

Javier: 23rd Nov 2010 - 15:06 GMT

I live in Madrid. Every two years I go to visit to Don Justo. You must be here to realize on the dimension of his work! really amazing! I always think in how many time we waste in our life. We could even build a cathedral! Don Justo is the proof! Do not waste your life for nothing!

vakza: 23rd Nov 2010 - 18:54 GMT

Thanks for this link/ Where there is a will, there is a way

John: God loves a trier.

Glyphia: 30th Dec 2010 - 20:36 GMT

I am a stained glass artist. I would LOVE to have the dimensions of the Rose Window so that I could begin working on "my" section of it! Perhaps he has a drawing or an idea of the design he would like it to have. If those details could be posted, think what we could do: If glass artists around the world could have the dimensions, and determine a shape or piece to complete, we could all ship our pieces to him and he could assemble them as he wished and as he could get assistance. I'd actually love to do the entire window for him, but would need donations of materials. If anyone connected to him could give him my contact info, I would be delighted. glyphia.fine.arts(at)mchsi(dot)com

Eneko825: 30th Dec 2010 - 22:46 GMT

Although this very fact stunned me a lot, the last sentence of the article also got me thinking: "But if Don Justo is to be considered "loco", what is the price of "sanity" in today's world?"

I think that nowadays people, even the most passionate, are bound so heavily by social and "moral" standards that they cannot do things that could be as amazing as Don Justo's Cathedral. It's a shame, really. And that really is similar to Einstein's saying - "the differece between ingenuity and stupidity is that stupidity has no limits"

Paul: 31st Dec 2010 - 01:23 GMT

Amazing. This is a tourist attraction, the local government should realize this and give the guy the support he needs.

David Sseremba: 4th Jan 2011 - 12:59 GMT

Amazing! This man is a radical believer. If one man can do this, then I believe I can win half of the world's population to Jesus. I truly agree that "ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE TO THEM THAT BELIEVE". Am off to work.

hell-o: 5th Jan 2011 - 04:08 GMT

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Eva Saro, Geneva: 6th Jan 2011 - 11:45 GMT

Most inspiring person and undertaking:-) In spite of the saddening attitude of officials. Wish I were closer to give a hand...

evie frost: 14th Jan 2011 - 02:55 GMT

This is such a testament to the triumph of the human spirit and dreams.
I hope that this unique gift to God will be embraced by the church and community and saved for posterity!

primitive: 19th Jan 2011 - 06:30 GMT

My salute to a true anarchist and visionary. One of the many problems with the world today is
bureaucracy. Permits, paperwork, fees. Kudos to Don Justo for not caring and following his dreams.
Way to show people to never let society's rules stifle your dreams. Build what you believe in.
Stay primitive-

stephen.k: 19th Jan 2011 - 13:04 GMT

This is history in the making.Great happenings are appreciated many years after.I think what is required at this juncture is for civil engineers of goodwill to carry out a structural audit of the premises with a view to enhancing areas of weakness as well as giving the structure a formal life so that the Authorities do not demolish it.Bravo justo!

Monica Morales: 22nd Jan 2011 - 02:34 GMT

This is sustainable infrastructure at its finest. I really hope he achieves his dream, and gains much more support from all this publicity! We can all learn from his tenacity.

Conor: Spectacular

anon ( 5th Feb 2011 - 09:29 GMT

hahaha.,astig ka lolo...parte ka na ng kasaysayan...imba...halimaw sa galing....cathedral?danna....I'm so proud of you....!


sabiais que justo gallego martinez con nueve aos llevaba un carro lleno de heno desde mejorada del campo hasta ventas (barrio de madrid) por la noche con un candil para ser visto por los automoviles en la carretera.... y sin saber si le compraran o n su carga en VENTAS estaba la plaza de las ventas lugar donde habia toros de lidia para corridas de toros que necesitan alimento.....justo llev ese alimento en algunas ocasiones (una vez se escurri la caballeria y baj patinando toda la cuesta de ventas....ese es JUSTO ..CON NUEVE AOS....



julian nuez de arenas blanco: 27th Feb 2011 - 12:17 GMT

ponian las piedras de colmenar en la explanada derecha cerca de puerta derecha segn se mira la entrada principal, un grupo de chicos del pueblo; despus de la tarea justo con ellos y ellos con justo me aproxim contento porque tenia el bolsillo lleno de dinero creo que eran 5.000 o por ahi las pesetas que fu entregando mil a mil con espacio entre cada billete....y con una sonrisa entre mil y mil cuando pas de cuatro mil uno de los chicos dijo y pa mi no hay alguno de esos billetes....(JUSTO DIJO EN ESE MOMENTO HOY VAIS A COBRAR GRACIAS A ESTO) como se v aqu se aplica eso que dice ese libro que no s cual es dentro de los que componen la BIBLIA "DIOS PROVEER."...solo se entiende este apartado con la FE y este es otro de esos momentos vividos con JUSTO.....

Coral Shelton: 4th Mar 2011 - 17:17 GMT

this is amazing and all but who built and designed the first holy cathedral?

Coral Shelton: 4th Mar 2011 - 17:18 GMT

really who built the first ancient cathedral?

julian nuez de arenas blanco: 14th Apr 2011 - 11:22 GMT

si quereis ver a justo y a mi buscar en google "dandelajungla"

J E Scholtens: 28th May 2011 - 20:53 GMT

I visited this cathedrale two times ans was impressed
proud as I am because my son Anton worked with Don Justo some time

S.Isci(moslem): 30th Jun 2011 - 03:51 GMT

With one worth, RESPECT!
GOD Bless you Justo Gallego Marteane.
You build is very Beautiful.
I wish you long long life.

charles rauch, 9th Aug 2011 - 21:17 GMT

Don Justo,is an example for us all to follow,especially for our youth.Our world erodes, lifes meaning erodes,we contaminate our sencebilities with superficial pleasures,will the real "Don Jostos" please stand up before its too late!God bless him.C

Jill Carter: 17th Aug 2011 - 17:39 GMT

This email was started in 2005. Does anyone know what progress has been made since?

SUSANA: 26th Aug 2011 - 11:20 GMT

Mi historia comienza siendo yo muy pekea mi PADRE me llevava a esta catedral cuando todabia era solo hierros y 4 paredes de ladrillos yo como nia me divertia mucho cogiendo ladrillos ensuciandome con el yeso y subiendome a los andamios aun desobedeciendo a mi PADRE ke me decia:_SUSANA baja de ahi ke te vas a caer_ jeje!aunke se ke D JUSTO se reia por lo bajini y le decia_ dejala ke en la casa de DIOS crees ke EL iba a consentir ke le ocurriera algo?xd!!

julian nuez de arenas blanco: esa es mi nia

Lopeatmothe: 26th Sep 2011 - 02:10 GMT

884 - welcome to whatever it contains." - 9325 - spring that might open a door or window and permit them
1630 - Captain. "You'll have to breathe very quietly, I assure you."

C.: The incredible story of an incredible man.

Lous Hendrikx Nederland: 2nd Jan 2012 - 13:34 GMT

Geweldig Don Gusto! Ik zag enkele jaren geleden al een film op T.V. over Uw geweldige prestaties. Vandaag vond ik toevallig een notitie, die ik er van gemaakt had. Ik wil dolgraag een keer komen kijken en ga het dit jaar proberen te doen.
Ik hoop dat U nog gezond bent! Sterkte met de bouw,recuerdos de los Paises Bajos!!

agnesmaria: 6th Jan 2012 - 13:34 GMT

well, is this wonderful man, incredible artist, faithful son of God, still alive today? 5th January 2012.....I pray he lives to see his cathedral finished....

Daniel /Francia: 28th Jan 2012 - 07:13 GMT

En allant Composetella je me suis aperu que Dieu est(God is /Dios es)et qu'il parle chacun de nous.Don Justo est l'image de ce que Dieu veut de nous:faire pour plus grand que soit.Que Dieu garde longtemps Don justo!

Kesari Parvatesam, India, 28th Jan.2012 --2.31 pm IST: 28th Jan 2012 - 08:59 GMT

This is AWESOME!
The most wonderful act of faith that can be performed by a single individual, all by himself!!!
May Justo Gallego Martínez be blessed with long and healthy life to complete the task

Daniel Levesque - Montreal Canada: 4th Feb 2012 - 02:31 GMT

Je trouve que le projet est merveilleux ! Je lui souhaite qu'une grande entreprise en construction lui vient en aide. Il a 86 ans !. Il faudrait bien l'aider afin qu'il puisse voir son oeuvre terminé ! Vive les chrétiens du monde entier ! Longue vie a ce monsieur !

Christine P. - Montral, Canada: 4th Feb 2012 - 03:29 GMT

Je lui souhaite que de gnreux industriels lui viennent en aide pour finir sa cathdrale pour qu'il puisse voir son oeuvre acheve. Si beaucoup avaient sa foi, on accomplirait des miracles. Longue vie Don Justo...tu as dj ta place au paradis.

Colette G. Chambly. Quebec. Canada: 6th Feb 2012 - 04:57 GMT

5 fevrier 2012. Chambly, Quebec , Canada.
Je viens de decouvrir cet homme. La foi transporte les montagnes. En voici la preuve. Puisse-t-il voir son oeuvre achevee. Quel homme extraordinaire!

mohamed abdel hamid - egypt: 7th Feb 2012 - 22:00 GMT

devotion,well,sacrifice and determination.these are the lessons drawn from a wonderful story of how man can fulfill dreams and how ordinary people can turn into extraordinary if they trust themselves. god bless

G de Greef, Eersel Nederland: 12th Feb 2012 - 13:38 GMT

yesterday on was amazing, well done Don Justo. When is it finished, Good luck and a happy ending

julian nuez de arenas blanco: 25th Feb 2012 - 18:11 GMT

recomiendo un visionado de los ltimos documentales realizados por estudiantes de realizacin y produccin cinematogrfica.

LA BOMBA justo se despacha sobre su fe y los porque en el tiempo y en su vida lo dicho

jose: 16th Mar 2012 - 20:39 GMT

Don Justo give a lesson to everyone in this time of crisis, we are stronger that we think. If a man like Don Justo who is not a architect and not a briklawer just a farmer can do it every of us can do whatever we think.

I am spanish like Don justo and I will not go out to get a job, if we are the best generation of this country we must to get up it.

H. Kueng: 2nd Apr 2012 - 00:48 GMT

Most amazing accomplishment, I am still in a state of total awe, weeks after seeing this monument. What a man. Hope the cathedral will remain forever.

humberto camacho : 6th Jun 2012 - 16:35 GMT

hola quiero saber si alguien me puede ayudar a contactar al sr.Justo para una entrevista via skype o en vivo. yo me encuentro en Estados Unidos. me pueden contactar en mi correo electronico
por su ayuda mil gracias

c rauch: 15th Aug 2012 - 19:01 GMT

Why havent the Pontificating,holier than thou ones offered any help,in any shape or form to this great man of faith,?are we to wait until his death for his recognition? your Holiness, "Sainthood" isnt good enough!!!!!

Une lectrice: 10th Sep 2012 - 13:57 GMT

Cette homme a maintenant 86 ans!Il l'a commenc quand il avait 35ans.Et oui, a a pris beaucoup de temps!Respect cet homme!

illia: 15th Nov 2012 - 14:59 GMT
Visited the cathedral yesturday and took that picture, hope you like it.

A son of Peter: 13th Dec 2012 - 21:21 GMT

I would feel closer to God here than in the grandest cathedral; would rather break bread with Don Justo than sup with the most important Head of State...this man lives his faith and walks with God already.

julin nez de arenas blanco: 17th Dec 2012 - 12:28 GMT

EL AUTENTICO si quereis podeis verme en dandelajungla en you tube
visita a la catedral......mi fecha de nacimiento es 8.06.1951
puedo decir que esta es la mejor construccin que he podido y tenido la oportunidad de contribuir a su construccin y es un episodio de mi vida lleno de la oportunidad de realizar lo que soy humano. si ya s que todos lo somos pues por eso por que todos lo somos
muy bien los voluntarios .... os sigo con mucho inters....

something: is he still alive? and is he a hobo?

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