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Our Lady of Lujan - Argentina

Our Lady of Luján (Spanish: Nuestra Señora de Luján) is a celebrated 16th-century icon of the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus Christ. The image, also known as the Virgin of Luján (Spanish: Virgen de Luján) represents a famous Marian advocation. The image still exists; it is on display in the Basilica of Luján in Argentina. The feast day of Our Lady of Luján is December 8.lujan

It's a small figure of 2 feet high in terracotta, it's the image of the Immaculate Conception, made in Brazil in 1630 and sent to Argentina. To prevent deterioration the image was given a silver covering and it's dress in a white robe and sky blue cloak (the colors of the Argentine's flag).

History says that a Portuguese settler decided to bring back with him a statue of the Virgin Mary. He bought two simple statues and because of the long trip he prepared a whole caravan of covered wagons to protect himself. The caravan was bound to reach cordova but providence decided otherwise. One statue arrived on time to its destination but did not become famous, instead the other statue never reached Cordova, it was left behind in a ranch, which was the one who gave origin to the Sanctuari of Our Lady of Lujan.

The image was crowned in 1887. In 1930 Pope Pius XII gave the sancturay the title of Basilica.

Lujan today is a great religious center with many churches, place of pilgrimage.

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