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Cathedral of Junk

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If you like one-of-a-kind attractions, you won't want to miss your chance to visit the Cathedral of Junk in Austin, Texas. Back in 1988, Austin resident Vince Hannemann started building this unique work of art in his backyard for fun, and has been adding to it ever since. Over the years, Hannemann has taken thousands of ordinary pieces of junk and transformed them into a cathedral, complete with a tower and numerous rooms. It's nearly impossible to describe, so you'll just have to see it for yourself!

Things to Do

  • Take a tour of the Cathedral of Junk! You'll be able to meet the man who created it and see all of its impressive features, from the tower to the "zen garden of TVs", which are made from nearly any object you can think of.
  • Bring along an interesting piece of junk that you think he might want to incorporate into the cathedral - many people have donated items over the years which can still be seen within the structure.
  • If you really like roadside attractions, another nearby attraction is the Big Mother Hen sculpture.

Cathedral of Junk Insider Tips

  • Call ahead to make an appointment before you visit - the Cathedral of Junk is located in the backyard of Hannemann's home, so you can only visit when he is available.
  • If you live in the area, you might be able to host an event in the Cathedral of Junk! In the past, it has been used for weddings, school tours, bachelor parties, and plays.
  • A donation of $10 per group is appreciated, but there is no admission price per person.

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