The Cathedral of Junk
Construction began in 1989; built by Vince Hannemann
Why it's one of the seven wonders: While an actual religious experience is unlikely, a visit to Austin’s Cathedral of Junk is nonetheless an experience unlike any other. Vince Hannemann, who has taken the idea of hoarding to a whole new level, began construction several decades ago, incorporating discarded items like bicycles, old electronics, street signs, pipes, and what’s been reported to be over 60 tons of general, well, junk. Despite some obstacles over the years (complaints from neighbors, permitting issues), the attraction -- a testament to the fact that one man’s trash is another man’s, um, cathedral -- was deemed by the city to be structurally sound. In other words, don’t worry: the odds of your untimely Final Destination-esque death via rogue, toppling TV or toaster are pretty low.