Save the Cathedral Of Justo

Justo Gallego Martinez, 93 from Spain, is the man who for more than 60 years has been building on his own, an incredible work of architecture, using only scrap material from the nearby industrial polygon. To complete it and make sure it going to stay there in the future, there are some costs, legal and of manteinance. We are helping Justo and Angel, by using several services on the internet, to achieve the sum required to save the incredible Cathedral of Mejorada del Campo (Madrid)

What is the target?

We need to collect 40000 euros which are the costs for making sure the Cathedral will be legal and safe for the public. all the funds exceeding the need will be used to complete this incredible work which has been going for more than 50 years and for other projects related to cathedral.

About Us

We are Scan And Make, a Liverpool based start-up. We met Justo and Angel in different occasion, as we held the final exhibition of our art contest Making Art 4.0 in the Cathedral. With our technological skills we are helping Justo to collect the funds needed to secure his work.

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Your help is vital to the campaign, and even a very small donation or sharing the campaign on your social medias would help hitting the target a very easy task. This is an incredible piece of art, featured in exhibition at New York MoMa, in worldwide television programs an mainstream media.

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Former monk Justo Gallego Martinez has been constructing his own cathedral in Mejorada del Campo, Spain, since 1961. He had no prior knowledge of architecture and hadn’t laid a brick in his life, yet his project currently stands 131ft tall, and acts as a wonderful reminder that faith overcomes everything. After working as a farmer, deeply religious Martinez joined the Trappist monks, however, after 8 years, he was forced to leave the order due to tuberculosis. During his illness, Martinez (also called Don Justo by many) vowed he would build a chapel to Virgin Mary – to whom he prayed – if he survived the disease. True to his words, Don Justo started his project when he got back his health. He continues to work on it more than 50 years later despite all the skepticism. Don Justo mainly uses recycled materials and excess items donated by local building companies. The Spanish monk constructed a series of huge domes, a crypt, many intricate staircases, he also set up stained glass windows and the cathedral became a complex structure, covering 24,000 square feet. No permission has ever been granted for Don Justo’s Cathedral and the man didn’t draw any plans for the building. However, it has become a tourist attraction and authorities turn a blind eye to the project. “If I lived my life again, I’d build this cathedral again, only bigger,” Don Justo told the BBC.

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The Team:


Pier Filippo Conti and Paolo Elmo of Scan And Make running the campaign with Angel and Justo in the Cathedral in 2017.

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