Primus circumdedisti me


Fundación Elkano

Fundación Elkano
Getaria, Spain

Image taken from the pedestal of the statue of Juan Sebastián Elcano by Ricardo Bellver (Madrid 1845–1924) in Getaria. On it is the inscription "Primus circumdedisti me", a famous Latin phrase that does not come from Roman times. It translates as: "You were first to circumnavigate me."

In 1522, Juan Sebastián Elcano, the first person to circumnavigate the world, was compensated by Charles V for his achievement with an annuity of 500 gold ducats per year. He was also given a coat of arms, whose crest features a globe with the inscription "Primus circumdedisti me."


  • Title: Primus circumdedisti me
  • Date: 2020
  • Location: Getaria, Spain

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