Sevilla, Andalucía, Spain

The Santa Maria la Antigua in Seville Cathedral, Spain

Just around the corner from Columbus' tomb is a little side chapel which contains a statue of the Santa Maria La Antigua. It is said that the survivors from the first circumnavigation of the world gave thanks to this Virgin Mary on their return to Spain in 1522.

Led by Portuguese explorer, Ferdinand Magellan, this expedition set off from Spain on August 10, 1519 with 5 ships and 234 men. On September 8, 1522 only one ship, the Nao Victoria, and 18 men returned, under the command of Juan Sebastian Elcano (Magellan was killed in The Philippines in the Battle of Mactan). They were the first explorers to have successfully sailed around the world.

The Nao Victoria continued to sail for another 50 years but was eventually lost on a voyage from the Antilles to Seville in, or around, 1570. A replica of this ship is now housed in the Nao Victoria Museum in Punta Arenas, Chile.

The Santa Maria la Antigua in Seville Cathedral, Spain