“Point of Interest in Tucson, AZ”
The shrine consists of the crumbling remains of a brick building, with a large metal rack for candles and desert plants now occupying the interior. Small slips of paper containing prayers or messages of thanks are also often pressed into cracks in the walls or left elsewhere at the shrine, as are other memorial objects. In addition to the faithful who leave these religious objects, El Tiradito is frequented and favored by many Tucsonans, including writers, poets, and other members of the town's artistic community. According to the Phoenix New Times publication, El Tiradito is the only Catholic shrine in the United States dedicated to a sinner buried in unconsecrated ground. It is said that the man buried there died fighting for the love of a woman.
I drove past this place three times before finally seeing it. You can definitely tell a lot of people stop here, though.
If you have a few minutes to spare, it's worth a stop. There's something holy about this place, even though legend says that it's dedicated to a sinner.
I left a letter at El Tiradito myself, and while I may not believe in much, it felt better to offer up what was on my heart.
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El Tiradito Shrine
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