Justo Gallego Martínez

Spanish church builder (1925–2021)

Justo Gallego Martínez (20 September 1925 – 28 November 2021), also known as Don Justo, was a Spanish monk. He was known for building a church buildings in Mejorada del Campo since 1961.[2] Most of the construction materials used were recycled materials. Don Justo dedicated the building to Our Lady of the Pillar (Nuestra Señora del Pilar).[3]

Justo Gallego Martínez
Born(1925-09-20)20 September 1925
Died28 November 2021(2021-11-28) (aged 96)
Madrid, Spain
Other namesDon Justo
Occupation(s)Builder, architect, former Trappist monk

Gallego Martínez died in Madrid on 28 November 2021, at the age of 96.[4]


  1. "The Madman and The Cathedral". Retrieved 3 November 2012.
  2. Anthony Judge (9 June 2003). "Don Justo's Self-Built Cathedral: metaphoric learnings for contemporary alternative initiatives". Laetusinpraesens.org. Retrieved 25 October 2015.
  3. "Unfinished Spanish cathedral is being built on 53 years of faith". Los Angeles Times. 19 December 2014.
  4. "Muere Justo Gallego, el albañil que dedicó 60 años de su vida a construir una catedral en Mejorada del Campo". El Mundo (in Spanish). Retrieved 28 November 2021.