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Is Buenos Aires named after the Holy Trinity and the Virgin Mary?

Probably not the question you were expecting, even though I’m posting this on Trinity Sunday.

The answer is yes, kind of.

Buenos Aires was shortened from Ciudad de la Santísima Trinidad y Puerto de Nuestra Señora la Virgen María de los Buenos Aires.

This means ‘City of the Holy Trinity and Port of Our Lady the Virgin Mary of Good Airs [or Good Winds]’.

It must have been a challenge to fit onto street signs.

Although the Virgin Mary no longer features in the name of the capital, the capital has not forgotten her. I expected her in the cathedral, but Our Lady is everywhere, and sponsors one or two interesting causes.

argentina our lady 1
Our Lady of the Deprived
Our Lady of Guadalupe
Our Lady of Guadalupe
Our Lady of Itati
Our Lady of Itati
Our Lady of La Paz
Our Lady of La Paz
Our Lady of Luján
Our Lady of Luján
Our Lady at the Museo Evita (Evita Museum)
Our Lady at the Museo Evita (Evita Museum)
Our Lady with President Nestor Kirchner
Our Lady with President Nestor Kirchner
Our Lady of the Rebellion
Our Lady of the Rebellion

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