Route of Magellan. First around the World

Route of Magellan. First around the World is part of the Tentative list of Portugal in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.

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Kyle Magnuson

California - United States of America - 02-Sep-18 -

Route of Magellan. First around the World (T) by Kyle Magnuson

A cultural route that connects Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Cabo Verde, Chile, Indonesia, Philippines, Portugal, and Spain? This is an ambitious undertaking only comparable to the Silk Road and Qhapaq Ñan world heritage sites.

Based on numerous tangible and intangible elements, its still unclear which sites would make up this world circumnavigating route. One wonders will there actually be large natural marine areas from Africa to South America included as components? 

"A fascinating trail whose waterways, landscapes and geographical landmarks remains intact as they were seen by Magellan and his sailors 500 years ago." - UNESCO description

The picture above is from the Monument to the Discoveries (1960), located adjacent to the Tower of Belem. Will this route's tangible sites be based on commemorative crosses, monuments, and statues that are located in each country included? Or will this route include already inscribed sites? 

In 2022, we'll witness the 500 year anniversary of the completion of this journey, which changed the world. Could this be the year this nomination moves forward? With its complexity and transnational cooperation required, I doubt everything can be submitted by January 2021.

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Full Name
Route of Magellan. First around the World
Country
Portugal
Added
2017
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2017 Added to Tentative List

The site has 3 locations

Route of Magellan. First around the World: Arquivo Nacional Torre do Tombo (T)
Route of Magellan. First around the World: Discoveries Monument in Belem (T)
Route of Magellan. First around the World: Strait of Magellan (T)
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