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A quick spiritual stop

This is a very small but special little area that is part of the National Registry and that locals... read more

Reviewed 9 September 2017
The Woodlands, Texas
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El Tiradito "The Castaway" Interesting Shrine

Interesting little shrine in the Barrio of Tucson. Not a lot to see, but it is a historic site and... read more

Reviewed 25 May 2016
San Marcos, California
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400 South Main, Tucson, AZ 85701
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Reviewed 9 September 2017 via mobile

This is a very small but special little area that is part of the National Registry and that locals still use for prayer and wishes. If you don't particularly appreciate religious shrines with historical significance, you could be underwhelmed. It's small and simple. But if...More

Thank Oxendiner
Reviewed 25 May 2016

Interesting little shrine in the Barrio of Tucson. Not a lot to see, but it is a historic site and obviously well visited by the locals. There are numerous notes tucked into holes and cracks in the wall.

Thank csarchibald
Reviewed 19 May 2016

This is the only shrine in the US that recognizes a sinner...worth the trip..you can place a note in the wall for any special intentions. Bring candles to light for your loved ones..very sweet!

1  Thank Anne A
Reviewed 9 February 2016

Like the title says, this little shrine is good to kill a few minutes and feel a quiet vibe in the center of Tucson. Interesting, although vague, backstory to this place. It's free to enter and the café right next to it smells so good.

1  Thank Anton K
Reviewed 16 December 2015

The title sounds morbid but that is the feeling I got when I went to El Tiradito. It is a lovely little area next to a café located in a neighborhood. It was littered with candles, flowers, prayer beads, and statues. The walls are crammed...More

1  Thank Quinn Q
Reviewed 23 August 2015

A little shrine off the beaten path with an interesting backstory. I love seeing places like this, as I feel it gives me a better understanding of my surroundings, in this case Old Tucson.

Thank mcyee
Reviewed 18 July 2015 via mobile

Stopped here to follow the tradition of wishing love to a loved one and we left our names in a hole with our love wish. Pretty cool site, open to public 24/7. A must for a good leg stretch after a long drive. Tells an...More

Thank KeepinUpWitDaCubans
Reviewed 17 July 2015

It is a local wishing shrine. The shrine is located inside of the crumbling remains of a brick building. If you do not have any belief of wishing this wouldn’t say anything to you. It might not be considered touristic attraction actually. But still nice...More

Thank travelguru-su
Reviewed 13 April 2015

An important part of Barrio Viejo, this small wishing shrine has many oral versions of its history, all focused on a love triangle. In a nutshell, sometime in the late 1800s, a man (Juan) fell in love with a married woman and was murdered by...More

6  Thank Rumples
Reviewed 10 April 2015

Juan Oliveras is not a saint, like any of those made by the Catholic Church in Rome. The shrines little grotto actually owes its existence to Juan Oliveras' steamy secret adulterous love affair with his mother in law. Despite pleas to the Tucson Catholic Church...More

1  Thank DesertBoomers
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