Wednesday, August 31, 2011
A TRUE PORTEÑO CHURCH
One of the most beautiful and representative church of our city is located in the neighborhood of Caballito: Nuestra Señora de los Buenos Aires (Our Lady from Buenos Aires). The place is dedicated to the Lady of Sailors which inspired the name of our city to the Spanish sailor Pedro de Mendoza during the first foundation of Buenos Aires. Located in 1730 Gaona, it’s built in neo gothic Lombard style.
The church is a work by the Italian architect and Presbyter Ernesto Vespignani and the constructor Francisco J. Pini. It was built between 1911 and 1932 and has two outstanding towers, 70 meters tall. The church was restored in the mid 90’s and recovered the bronze statues of its front doors which tribute Spanish figures Juan Díaz de Solís, Pedro de Mendoza, Cristóbal Colon and Juan de Garay.
In the main altar, you’ll see images of Our Lady of Mercy and Our Lady of Buenos Aires, both on a ship. The temple is an 80 meters long and its structure has a particular luminosity. You can see the building from far away, in a neighborhood full of small houses.
The cult of the Lady of Buenos Aires has its origins in the year 1370 when a symbolic figure arrived to the shores of Cerdeña, Italy. You can find similar images in our main Cathedral, in front of the Plaza de Mayo, made of polychrome wood.
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