500th Anniversary of the First Sailing Around the World and Fundación Nao Victoria
500th Anniversary and Fundación Nao Victoria
The First Trip Around the World that was made between 1519 and 1522 by Fernando de Magallanes and Juan Sebastián Elcano on board the Nao Victoria is, for many, the greatest maritime, geographic and scientific feat of all time. A milestone that forever changed maritime history and the geographical conception of the world we live in.
On the 500th anniversary of this momentous occasion, and to celebrate it as it deserves, underneath the presidency of Their Majesties the King and Queen of Spain, the “National Committee for the Memorial for the First Trip Around the World by Fernando de Magallanes and Juan Sebastián Elcano” was created and declared (General State Budget Act 2017) an “event of exceptional public interest for the purposes of the provisions in article 27 of Law 49/2002”.
In this context, the mentioned National Committee has designated Fundación Nao Victoria, as the entity responsible for undertaking the official programs and activities, and as the beneficiary for the donations collected from the tax benefits planned for the memorial of the 500th Anniversary of the First Trip Around the World by Fernando de Magallanes and Juan Sebastián Elcano.
Fundación Nao Victoria is a private non-profit institution, created over ten years ago with the main objective of publicising this achievement, and has already carried out activities in over twenty countries, participating in large international events (EXPO SHANGHAI 2010, COPA AMÉRICA 2007, BICENTENARIO CONSTITUCIÓN 1812) as well as cultural and leisure events that have been enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of people around the world.