FACTS ON ARGENTINA
The Virgin of Lujan Legend
About 1630 a troop of carts was crossing the Lujan lands. Suddenly, one of the
carts stopped and all efforts of the drovers to make the animals move were useless.
To lessen the load, they took off an image of the Immaculate Conception made
The oxen then started to walk again. They put the image in its place again and
the oxen stopped once more, the strange event happened several times. That was
taken as an announcement from God for the Sacred Image, whose destination was
Sumampa, Santiago del Estero, to be left in the village. So it was done, for
the happiness of a black skinned little boy called Manuel whose job was to guard
the image all the way from Brazil. Her veneration began at that moment, and
at her altar all our heroes, at the beginning of their fights for the national
independence, asked for protection. Manuel Belgrano may have been her greatest
The Virgin of Lujan, whose sanctuary is settled in Lujan city, a few kilometers
away from Buenos Aires, attracts the faith and devotion of the most part of
the argentine people and even from the neighboring countries.