El Tiradito Shrine
El Tiradito Shrine
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Melisa S
Savannah, GA6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2013 • Couples
This place is one of my favorites to take visitors. Some other reviews indicate that these people did not explore this neighborhood AT ALL. Located at the beginning of one of our coolest historic districts (no, no businesses, just old row houses) which is great to walk around. It DOES feel like it's kind of in the middle of nowhere and I think that it's location is part of its charm. It's also romantic- some couples get married here. Yes, it is small. Yes, it is rustic. Come see a real bit of Tucson.
Written June 15, 2013
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Desert Boomers
Green Valley, AZ510 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Couples
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 Officials from some of the barrio's residents, the Catholic Church refused Juan Oliveras burial on church sanctioned or owned cemetery's due to the adulterous nature of the young mans sins with the married woman while he himself was also already married to yet another woman. Instead, Juan was buried on the exact spot where his body was thrown by his enraged father-in-law after he had hacked him to death with the axe. That act gave the present site its name, El Tiradito, ('The Little Throwaway'... 'The Castaway.')
Written April 9, 2015
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Anton K
Norristown, PA42 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016 • Couples
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.
Written February 8, 2016
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Rumples
Tucson, AZ11,683 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Couples
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 her husband, who fled town. The remorseful woman buried her lover by her house and put the shrine above his grave. People began to pray for the man's soul and found that some of their other prayers started to be answered. Hence, the shrine became a place to leave wishes.

People come to the shrine to petition Juan for help. They do this by lighting a candle and stuffing written wishes into small holes in an adobe wall. The belief is that the wish will be granted if the candle stays lit throughout the night.

This is not the original site of the shrine. It was moved in the 1920s to its present location -- the rear of a narrow vacant lot at 400 South Main Ave., next to El Minuto's parking lot -- because of a street-widening project. A marker at the front of the property gives information in Spanish and English about the shrine, including the fact that it is on the National Register of Historic Places. The marker notes that this is "the only shrine in the United States dedicated to the soul of a sinner buried in unconsecrated ground."

The shrine shows off myriad artificial flowers and candles. Some burned brightly when I visited. Much candle wax was in the area. Two adults and two children lit candles and then wrote their wishes on paper. When I left, they were trying to find a vacant hole in the wall to leave their requests.

This wishing shrine is very much a part of Tucson's folklore and well worth visiting along with the historic barrios in the area.
Written April 12, 2015
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Kimbolina55
Sedona, AZ150 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Solo
A cool little place tucked away in a neighborhood. The sentiments here are lovely and it has a cool history (there is a plaque that explains). Take a few quiet moments here, and perhaps leave a message that you can tuck into the wall.
Written February 14, 2018
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Ninasanna
Tucson20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Friends
I think that many visitors here have no idea what El Tiradito is or means to the people living in this neighborhood. My gradparents lived in this neighborhood, I love the HISTORY that is in each and every house here...and especially the stories of El Tiradito, La Llorrona, and La Muchachita. This is just a small part of the neighborhood that is still standing after the Tucson Community Center was built. But don't just stop at El Tiradito, or drive by as some reviewer said- ...make sure to visit La Pilita, a museum run by two wonderful ladies who take the oral history of many of the older residents. They have wonderful displays during the year-my favorite being 'Dia de los Muertos' or 'Day of the Dead' during October. The students at Carrillo school, right next door make a wonderful, and colorful display every year that is visited by locals as well as people from as far away as Germany and Japan. This is also listed on the Presidio Trail. Take a candle to light and make a wish or a promise, and write it on a piece of paper and poke it into one of the many holes or crevices in the walls. It is said that if you make a wish and your candle stays lit all night, your wish will be granted. I feel sorry for those people who drove by or thought this was going to be a "commemorative" shrine- it might not mean much to those who don't understand, but read up on the history or talk to someone who lives here and you just might understand why El Tiradito is a part of Tucson's heart.
Written July 31, 2013
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rdsm77
Tucson, AZ393 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Solo
I suppose the story behind this shrine is interesting, but it's really no different than any other shine located in Hispanic neighborhoods. If you're religious and do this type of thing then it's likely great. For someone who is not religious, visiting this site is pretty useless. It's not in a nice part of town or even in a nice park. Just a dirty part of the street next to a restaurant.
Written June 27, 2019
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Anne A
Tucson, AZ185 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 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!
Written May 18, 2016
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Quinn Quarantine
Mesa, AZ48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Couples
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 with small slips of paper upon which people have brought their wishes to be fulfilled by some religious or mystical power. The place is great for a photo opportunity if you enjoy photography, but not worth the drive if it is out of your way.

I did enjoy it and I would go back again for the opportunity to take more photos.
Written December 15, 2015
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LemieJo
Louisville, KY24 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2012 • Family
We thought it was going to be an impressive shrine. It was small, in an alley next to a diner. Wasn't worth getting out of the car. We drove by and took a pic.
Written April 13, 2012
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