Historic Sites In Tucson –
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2. El Tiradito-The Wishing Shrine

There are few spots in the world that have such a romantic, yet tragic history. El Tiradito (Spanish for the little throwaway) is a 140-year-old shrine dedicated to a young man named Juan Oliveras. At 18, young Juan was married to a wealthy sheep rancher’s daughter. But Juan had one problem: he was in love with his mother-in-law. When their secret affair was discovered, Juan was murdered by his own father-in-law, who was in turn killed while running from the authorities. In their despair, both of Juan’s lovers– his wife and his mother-in-law, took their own lives. Though the shrine is dedicated to the memory of lost love and heartbreak, the historic spot is also a place where lovers come to have wishes granted. Every night, candles are lit, and wishes written on scraps of paper are left at the shrine. But beware; for the shrine is said to be cursed. Wishes made here will only granted to those with an open heart that forgives.

1. Mission San Xavier del Bac

Built in the late 1700s, this historic landmark is considered the finest example of Spanish Colonial architecture in the United States. The beautiful church was founded by a Catholic mission who departed the church after Mexican Independence was established, but despite the absence of Franciscans, the church still retains its original purpose of ministering to the religious needs of its parishioners. Beautifully cared for over the centuries, Mission San Xavier is the oldest intact European structure in Arizona. The interior is filled with original statuary and mural paintings, and is a place where visitors can truly step back in time to the 18th century.

These are just a few of the incredible historic sites in Tucson, but we truly haven’t even scratched the surface. With this list though, you’ll have the perfect start so that you can explore all the wonders of the Sonoran Desert for yourself!

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