When former farmer and Benedictine monk Justo Martinez was recovering from a terrible illness, he made himself a promise. If he got better, he’d build a church to honor the Lady of the Pillar to whom he prayed while sick.
Over the past 50 years, Martinez has been doing just that with items he’s salvaged in his Madrid neighborhood. The cathedral is composed of brick, oil drums and paint buckets with no formal engineering plans. He’s nearly completed his undertaking. Check out more pictures of this astonishing feat at Inhabitat.