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5th Centenary of the first voyage around the world by Magellan and Elcano

  • View of the exhibition “The longest voyage”, at the Archivo General de Indias, Seville © Acción Cultural Española (AC/E)

    View of the exhibition “The longest voyage”, at the Archivo General de Indias, Seville © Acción Cultural Española (AC/E)

  • Atlas of Battista Agnese © Biblioteca Nacional de España

    Atlas of Battista Agnese © Biblioteca Nacional de España

  • “Regreso a Sevilla de Juan Sebastián Elcano en 1522”. Elías Salaverría, 1919. © Museo Naval de Madrid

    “Regreso a Sevilla de Juan Sebastián Elcano en 1522”. Elías Salaverría, 1919. © Museo Naval de Madrid

  • Replica of the Victoria, belonging to the Fundación Nao Victoria © V Centenario de la Primera Vuelta al Mundo

    Replica of the Victoria, belonging to the Fundación Nao Victoria © V Centenario de la Primera Vuelta al Mundo

  • View of the exhibition “The longest voyage”, at the Archivo General de Indias, Seville © Acción Cultural Española (AC/E)

    View of the exhibition “The longest voyage”, at the Archivo General de Indias, Seville © Acción Cultural Española (AC/E)

  
  


"The first trip around the world was the greatest maritime adventure of all time. A feat that opened up new horizons and changed our concept of the world, both culturally and in terms of trade. ..."

The first trip around the world was the greatest maritime adventure of all time. A feat that opened up new horizons and changed our concept of the world, both culturally and in terms of trade. Spain is marking this important event with a wide-ranging programme of exhibitions, concerts, conferences and activities, which will continue until 2022. Welcome aboard!

In 1519, an expedition of five ships crewed by 239 men set out from Seville to find a western trading route to the Moluccas, also known as the Spice Islands. Three years later, just 18 men would return, on board a single ship, the Victoria, after having circled the globe. Ferdinand Magellan (Fernando de Magallanes) and Juan Sebastián Elcano were the leaders of a journey which would change the world and have an impact on many different areas.

Spain is marking the 5th Centenary of the first circumnavigation with a calendar of activities that will also go on for three years, from 2019 to 2022, the time the historic journey took. It promises to be a unique cultural event with something for everyone.

Programme of commemorative activities

Over the next three years there will be around 200 cultural activities of every kind, from exhibitions and lecture series to concerts, plays, dramatised tours and workshops for children.

Some of the most notable cultural events include the travelling exhibition “The Longest Voyage”, organised by Acción Cultural Española and the Archivo General de Indias, and the Naval Museum exhibition “We Were the First. Magellan, Elcano and the Voyage around the World”, which will examine the importance and international impact of that great adventure. In the performing arts, one highlight will be the large-scale show “Sphaera Mundi” by La Fura dels Baus, which will travel around the world itself on the ecoship Naumon, or the debut of the opera “Magallanes: no hay rosas sin espinas”.

Replicating the original route

Of course, there will also be maritime events, such as an homage to the sailors who took part in the expedition. This will take place on 20 September 2019 in Sanlúcar de Barrameda with a replica of the surviving ship, the Victoria. This ship will be the ambassador of the 5th Centenary on a promotional tour of the harbours of different cities with educational activities that explain the achievements of Magellan and Elcano.

The replica of the Victoria will not be the only ship launched. The PROS, a 21-metre yacht belonging to AGNYEE (Association of Friends of the Great Spanish Sailors and Explorers) will set off from Seville to replicate the journey and the route of the first voyage around the world, on a three-year trip calling at the same places where Magellan and Elcano passed 500 years ago.

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