Justo Gallego has spent his whole life starting since 1961 building a cathedral on the outskirts of Madrid, almost by himself.
“I do it out of faith; there is no other reason,” he says of the extraordinary structure he started in 1961 without any plans or sketches after failing in his ambition to become a priest. “It’s all in my head.”
Without any special or formal training in construction and architecture, Gallego kept working on cathedral even when he reached the age of 91 and still continues. The man admits that the project will never be finished in his lifetime,because he didn’t make plans yet for what happens after he dies.
The construction combines artistic touches from frescoes and coloured-glass windows with rough edges where the fanatical nonagenarian’s vision remains unrealised.
With his health growing more fragile, Mr. Gallego has increasingly relied on friends and volunteers to help with construction.