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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.

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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.

5 Responses

  1. Karli@HGTV says:

    I've been here and it's amazing! Martinez wasn't there when I stumbled across it, but his very elderly brother gave me and my traveling companions a personal tour of the whole place — entirely in Spanish! He was so excited that Americans were interested in what they were doing and gave us little posters of the place. It was such a fantastic experience. So glad you highlighted it on Design Happens!

  2. pixelecho69 says:

    This is a majestic structure and the faith of monk Justo Martinez is unbelievable I would love to see it in person.

  3. siyah mermer says:

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