As part of the Commemoration Program for the 5th Centenary of the First Round-the-World Sailing, the NAO VICTORIA 500 is one of the most distinguished projects of the Nao Victoria Foundation.
The Nao Victoria 500 is a life-sized replica of the ship that played the lead in the first circumnavigation. It has been created with the purpose of remaining docked in the Guadalquivir River, just in front of the First Round-the-World Sailing Exposition.
After having visited the interpretation center, visitors will have the chance to put the icing to the cake by getting on board the Nao Victoria 500, where they will enjoy its decks and sailing manoeuvres, as well as getting to know how the crew members of the greatest maritime achievement in history lived.
This replica is the result of an exhaustive historical study that worked with different documental sources from the expedition, as well as chronicles, naval construction treaties and the period iconography to replicate the structure and details of the legendary ship.
The NAO VICTORIA 500 was built in a dry dock located in Punta Umbría (Huelva, Andalusia). The Nao Victoria Foundation had recently built a replica of the Nao Santa María, which was preceded by a replica of the Galeón Andalucía. The construction started in February 2019 and the ship was then launched in February 2020. After this it was towed to Seville in order to remain docked just in front of the First Round-the-World Sailing Exposition (in Paseo Marqués de Contadero, next to the Guadalquivir River). Once it arrived the masts, rigging and the demonstrative material were installed.
A period of twelve months was needed to build the ship. One year of arduous work that involved the participation of all kinds of workers specialized in naval construction, as for example carpenters, caulkers, netters, sailmakers, engineers, etc. But above all, we can’t forget to highlight the work carried out by the ship carpenters, who used iroko as raw material and built the attractive wooden sculptures that are currently part of the ship. The Nao Victoria 500 measures 26 meters in length, 6.6 meters in beam and 3 meters in draught. It contains 3 masts besides the bowsprit which fly 6 sails with an area of 290 square meters.
This life-sized vessel is located and exhibited permanently on the Guadalquivir River next to the Interpretation Centre. Its striking presence gifts Seville with a high visual impact.