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Tucson, Arizona: Wishing Shrine of El Tiradito

Supposedly the only Catholic Shrine (and site on the National Register of Historic Places) dedicated to a sinner, specifically the murder victim of a love triangle. Light a candle at El Tiradito and make a wish; it will come true if the candle stays lit all night, sez the legend.

400 S. Main St, Tucson, AZ
On the west side of S. Main St. between Cushing and Simpson Sts. Set back from the street.
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Wishing Shrine of El Tiradito

The Wishing Shrine of El Tiradito is in great shape and well cared for.

[Lori, 09/08/2022]


Wishing Shrine Of El Tradito

The Wishing Shrine appears to be most frequently visited in the evenings.

[Rob Lively, 02/26/2021]

Makes sense, since wishes made at the shrine supposedly only come true if your candle stays lit all night.


El Tiradito, The Wishing Shrine

Only shrine dedicated to a sinner, very interesting and historic stop.

[Jimmy G, 07/24/2011]

Hold on... aren't we all sinners? El Tiradito figures into a popular bit of local Hispanic folklore: It is either the 19th century location of the unconsecrated grave site or suicide spot of a man who killed himself in despair resulting from a love triangle (there are several variations on this legend, including one where he's chased and killed with an ax). The adobe wall provides niches for offerings and candles. Light a candle at night and if it still burns at dawn then your wish will come true! Or something.

Murdered Sinner's shrine.

El Tiradito Wishing Shrine - Murdered Sinner

You can find El Tiradito, the Wishing Shrine, just south of downtown Tucson in a historic neighborhood called Barrio Viejo. El Tiradito means "Castaway" or "Fallen One" and this is the only shrine dedicated to a murdered sinner. There are many stories around the origin of the shrine but each story has a through line of murder, mayhem and betrayal ending with survivors lighting candles at grave sites and promising never to forget or forgive.

That's probably where the reputation as a wishing shrine began because now the legend has it that if you light a candle at El Tiradito and make a wish, your wish will come true if the candle stays lit all night.

You can buy a candle from La Pilita Museum next door to the shrine. While you are there, take a wander through their little museum and soak up a bit of Barrio Viejo history before you go make a wish.

[Kaitlyn Barrett, 05/04/2011]

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