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Published on August 29th, 2013 | by Vincent Jobse


AR: Spanish amateur catches attention

Many fine articles in the latest Architectural Review (AR): projects by world class architects.

But an amateur is catching our attention: Justo Gallego Martínez from Mejorada del Campo, a village near Madrid. When he was young Martínez recovered from a serious illness that had caused him to be expelled from the Monastery of Santa Maria de Huerta.

After his recovery he decided to spend the rest of his life building a cathedral devoted to Our Lady of the Pillar. He has been doing so for the last 30 years, using debris that he found or building material that was donated. Now Justo is 84 years old, and his cathedral is far from finished, but alle the more impressive. Local authorities and the Catholic Church view his cathedral as ‘the misguided project of a local eccentric’, but Martinez goes on, every day, till He stops him. Meanwhile donations and volunteers are welcome.

Picture: Stained glass windows are created by applying coloured beads to the glass.

AR | Architectural Review
Article: Unsung Devotion, p. 96-101
with photography by Patricia Mato-Mora
No 1398 | August 2013

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Vincent Jobse is a Dutch design addict, who fully enjoys the pleasures of the web, but who loves print on pure, old-fashioned paper.

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