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Address: 400 S Main Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701-2228
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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 obviously well visited by the locals. There are numerous notes tucked into... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 25 May 2016
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San Marcos, California
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San Marcos, California
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 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!

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Norristown, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 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.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 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 with small slips of paper upon which people have brought their wishes to be fulfilled... More 

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Redwood City, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 old story of how Tuscon came to be.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 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 to see it.

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 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 her husband, who fled town. The remorseful woman buried her lover by her house and... More 

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Green Valley, Arizona
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3 of 5 bubbles 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 Officials from some of the barrio's residents, the Catholic Church refused Juan Oliveras burial on... More 

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Tucson
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2014

This small shrine has a great story behind it. It is located in the Barrio district of Tucson's old town. It is worth the stop to take photos and read the plaque.

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