History of the Cathedral
Welcome to Justo’s Cathedral, a gathering place for all individuals, crafted by the hands of one man. A space to embrace everyone: men and women, rich or poor, believers and non-believers alike. A meeting point for every kind of religion. Join us in exploring the intricacies of its construction as well as the life of its builder, Justo Gallego.
Justo Gallego and Mensajeros de la Paz
Justo Gallego Martínez was born on September 20, 1925, the festivity of Our Lady of Sorrows, in Mejorada del Campo, a locality less than 30 kilometres east of the city of Madrid, declared a royal villa by Philip II in 1593.
Exploring Justo’s cathedral entails contemplating the arduous work he carried out day after day for sixty years to create a compound that incorporates all the elements typical of a significant religious building: a large three-nave church with a choir, a refectory, several cloisters, a baptistery, and a crypt where Justo intended to be buried. The temple follows the suit of important architectural constructions throughout history. We invite you to join us in discovering some the details that make up this magnificent work.
The Mensajeros de la Paz Museum
Through the Asturias cloister, one of five in the temple, you can access the Mensajeros de la Paz museum.
The space housing the museum is a multipurpose room used for conferences and events. A stroll through it invites you to reflect on the arduous work of Father Ángel and the Mensajeros de la Paz, transcending borders with their efforts.
Justo Gallego was a man of strong religious convictions and decided to dedicate his entire life to a project that would keep him in constant contact with divinity. He led a modest and frugal life: rising before dawn, eating sparingly, following a vegetarian diet, regularly praying, and reading the Scriptures diligently. He devoted himself wholeheartedly to the work he had assigned to himself.
As you can imagine, the construction of the temple was highly complex and always dependent on the materials that Justo Gallego could acquire. As a former monk, his day began before dawn, and by six in the morning, he was already driving his tractor, touring the factories surrounding the town to try and obtain discarded materials that would allow him to progress in the work. Slightly broken bricks, pieces of iron, springs, barrels… Any material could be given a new life in his cathedral.