Santo Domingo de la Calzada

  • The municipality of Santo Domingo de la Calzada boasts a significant heritage which makes it an essential stop on any tour of La Rioja. Take a stroll around its little streets, neighbourhoods and squares, such as the Plaza Mayor, and be sure to visit the Roman-style cathedral, where you'll find plenty to keep you busy for some time. The town is also directly linked to St. James' Way and was created ...
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The municipality of Santo Domingo de la Calzada boasts a significant heritage which makes it an essential stop on any tour of La Rioja. Take a stroll around its little streets, neighbourhoods and squares, such as the Plaza Mayor, and be sure to visit the Roman-style cathedral, where you'll find plenty to keep you busy for some time. The town is also directly linked to St. James' Way and was created following the construction of a bridge and a pathway, built by an anchorite known as Domingo, to enable the pilgrims to cross the River Oja. The town's popularity increased during the Middle Ages as a result of one of the greatest Christian legends of its time. Legend has it that when the residents of the village went to inform the judge that a young German who'd been hung for a theft he hadn't committed was, in fact, still alive, the judge replied, whilst eating, "There's as much life in that man as there is in this roast chicken". At that point, according to the legend, the chicken started to sing, and this is why the cockerel and the hen have become the emblems of the town. They can, in fact, be seen in many places in and around Santo Domingo de la Calzada, where the chickens sing after they've been roasted!

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