The do-it-yourself cathedral (a self-improvement tale)

5 Jul

The majestic ‘Sagrada Familia’ is well known because of its Gaudi’s personal architectural and engineering style, and also because this Cathedral is still  ‘under construction’:

But this is not a story about the billion-times-photographed Sagrada Familia.  It is not the only impressive and unfinished cathedral that you can find in Spain.

Today we are speaking about what is known as ‘The Cathedral of Justo Gallego’.

La Sagrada Familia is placed in the port city of Barcelona, while ‘The cathedral’ is being built miles away inland, in a small town called ‘Mejorada del Campo’  near Madrid.

Antoni Gaudí was a man of exquisit education and was supported by one of catalonia’s biggest fortunes of that time.

Justo Gallego (this storie’s star) is an uneducated farmer and bullfighter. At the age of 36, in the middle of a severe tuberculosis, he promised the Lady of the Pillar he would build a shrine in her honour in exchange of his health.

Now, at the age of 87 this is what he has already achieved:

Without any architectural studies, ‘the Cathedral’ is being built without formal plans out of his own inspiration and talented hands. Most of the building materials and tools he uses for construction are recycled, as he has no serious financial support.

He does accept tips though :P.

Some people see it as an eyesore that officials have not done enough to prevent, but we and thousands of visitors find it as a great example of the strenght of human faith, perseverance and effort.

Aquarius thinks the same way:


We love the whole thing and declare ourselves huge fans of Justo Gallego


8 Responses to “The do-it-yourself cathedral (a self-improvement tale)”

  1. Andrew Petcher July 14, 2012 at 13:32 #

    Looks wonderful – I shall put it on my ‘to visit’ list. Thanks

    • andrewsmile July 14, 2012 at 13:35 #

      We haven’t been there already! But we can’t wait to see it, so its also in our ‘to visit’ list too!! 🙂 Cheers!!!

  2. Beauty Temptress August 4, 2012 at 01:23 #

    It’s beautiful, I visited it a couple of weeks ago. Thanks for liking my post btw 🙂

    • andrewsmile August 4, 2012 at 02:28 #

      Really?. We haven’t yet! But for sure we’ll get there soon! 🙂

  3. shalini / fisheyedlens September 5, 2012 at 14:25 #

    Wow! “And I am fascinated by the spiritual man/ I am humbled by his humble nature” … Wish I’d known your blog when we visited… but since Spain is a serenade and is compulsive, will look up your references on a next visit!
    And oh, I like too 🙂

  4. freelyfreckled October 8, 2012 at 10:36 #

    I desperately want to go back to Spain for this!!

    • andrewsmile October 19, 2012 at 10:33 #

      You won’t regret! We think is unique and inspiring!

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