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    An old Spanish man constructs a cathedral by hand.

    For 53 years, Justo Gallego, now in his 90s, dedicated his life to building a cathedral by hand in a rural area of Madrid, doing all the work by himself.
    Gallego has no architectural or construction background, but this hasn’t stopped him from completing his dream.

    “I don’t want anything material, and money,” says Justo Gallego. “So I’ve gotten rid of everything, even my house.”

    After 90 years, Gallego knows that he won’t finish his life-time project, but day after day he keeps his work going, guided by faith.

    Asked what would happen after he died, he replied “Well, I’m leaving it to the divine hand.”

    Man carves a road though a mountain by himself

    Over 22 years, Dashrath Manjhi carved a road through a mountain with just a hammer and a chisel for the love of his wife.

    “Hard work always wins and Dashrath Manjhi’s work would be justified,” says the Chief Minister of Bihar, Jitan Ram Manjhi. “Dashrath Manjhi should have got the Bharat Ratna (highest civilian state award).

    For years, people thought the man had gone mad. However, once completed his route became beneficial to the entire village, after which the whole town started admire his work.

    Manjhi became obsessed with his idea, after his wife injured herself while climbing a rocky footpath. He had to travel approximately 70 km with his wife on his back to reach the nearest hospital.

    His traverse is 25 feet high, 30 feet in breadth and 360 feet in length.

    Taj Mahal – monument of true love.

    Another amazing story of true love was the construction of the Taj Mahal, one of the greatest monuments of all-time. The mausoleum was built in the memory of the wife of the fifth Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan.

    Taj Mahal is Jahan’s promise made to his beloved on her deathbed, “to erect a monument to match her beauty.”

    The Taj Mahal was built over 12 years and over 20,000 artisans took part in its contruction.

    The main tomb was built from white marble and has four standing minarets.

    Legend says that Shah Jahan planned to build an identical monument, only out of black marble, on the opposite side of the river, connecting the two with a bridge.

    Unfortunately the emperor was imprisoned by his younger son his fanciful idea never was completed.


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