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A famous explorer

Dominating the Plaza de Armas is the statue of Ferdinand Magellan. Different tributes are on each... read more

Reviewed 20 August 2018
Melbourne, Australia
Typical picture

We visited the square and found this monument. It is typical from people to kiss the Indian's toe... read more

Reviewed 25 July 2018
Doha, Qatar
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Reviewed 20 August 2018

Dominating the Plaza de Armas is the statue of Ferdinand Magellan. Different tributes are on each of the four sides of the plinth. On top is Portugese explorer Magellan, first person to circumnavigate the world, gazing out to the Straits of Magellan which he visited...More

Thank Aglassortwo
Reviewed 25 July 2018

We visited the square and found this monument. It is typical from people to kiss the Indian's toe, as they say that this is the only way you can come back to Patagonia... I preferred not to kiss the toe.

Thank KarlaDGO
Reviewed 21 June 2018

The Plaza de Armas is a good place to sit and watch locals and tourists. It was across the street from the Hotel Cabo de Hornos and the Palacio Sara Braun. The plaza has mature trees for shade and benches. The historic statue to the...More

Thank Marf13669
Reviewed 29 March 2018

For those interested in the history of Magellan this is an interesting statue to see. When you experience the waters of Cape Horn and the Atlantic and Pacific oceans it is amazing that anyone would have attemped crossing them in small wooded boats.

Thank Slothspotter
Reviewed 8 March 2018 via mobile

This entry should be merged with the other entry on TripAdvisor for the same monument. Like all Punta Arenas' monuments, this needs either good plaques depicting the history and significance of the monument or a local guide. It is centrally located in the mail square.

Thank emxkay
Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

There is a large statue here to honor Magellan, the great explorer. There are benches where you can sit and rest but beware the pesky pigeons if you are having a picnic lunch! There are stalls nearby selling local handcrafts. On the day we visited...More

1  Thank dixiepeach
Reviewed 28 February 2018

Statue to honour the Portuguese sailor in the service of Charles I. His voyage around the world contributed largely to the power of Spain in the 16th century.

Thank Peter D
Reviewed 25 February 2018

The statue in the square of Punta Arenas reminds us all of Magellan's historic and courageous voyage around the world.....even though he lost his life on it toward the end (they didn't teach this last fact in my history class so I was a bit...More

Thank Susan L
Reviewed 6 January 2018

An impressive statue of a Magellan in a small park in the central area. I like how he's facing toward the Strait. The park is a good place to sit and watch locals and tourists alike. Across the street is the Palacio Sara Braun. Easy...More

Thank Karl F
Reviewed 5 January 2018

It's just a statue...not much else. Doesn't even make a really good picture. Not much to do in this small town.

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