Underground shrines, Argentina

Photo © Joshua Weinman

“Blessed your purity… Look upon me with compassion. Do not leave me, my Mother.” Strong words are typically spoken in the massive cathedrals and churches of Buenos Aires. But these words are also whispered below ground in The Subte, Buenos Aires’ subway.

Men and women rushing to get from A to B, or coming home early on a Sunday morning after the bars, take the time to stop at the various Virgin Mary figurines that can be found in almost every Subte station.

Although the Subte has never crashed, people pray for their journey to be blessed. You can’t pray for free though, as the Virgin Marys rest just beyond the entrance. As the Subte leaves the station you can again hear the haunting words… “Do not leave me, my Mother.”

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