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Cathedral of Santo Domingo de la Calzada

Santo Domingo de la Calzada, Spain
+34 941 34 00 33
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Legend of the Camino

The cathedral is the gem of this town. If you are a peregrino (pilgram traveling the Camino of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Beaufort, North Carolina
Gothic Chicken Run!

This was an interesting cathedral to tour, something a little different! The chickens were an... read more

Reviewed 8 April 2017
Ottawa, Canada
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Built in the 12th and 13th centuries, this Romanesque cathedral has a unique tradition of keeping live chickens in its interior to commemorate a local legend.
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Santo Domingo de la Calzada, Spain
+34 941 34 00 33
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The cathedral is the gem of this town. If you are a peregrino (pilgram traveling the Camino of Santiago) this is a lovely stop. There are several legends associated with this town and the cathedral. You will even find live rooster/ hens in the cathedral....More

Thank Calirose757
Reviewed 8 April 2017

This was an interesting cathedral to tour, something a little different! The chickens were an entertaining (and maybe a little distracting!) sideshow, and the legend behind them is compelling! The story of Santo Domingo and his devotion to the Camino pilgrims is an interesting one....More

Thank AllAtOnce
Reviewed 20 November 2016

Don't know what to add that hasn't already been said.If you are doing the Camino, however, this is a required stop just for the story and representations of Santo Domingo. Not enough raves about the tower-DO IT-the views are breathtaking. These are sacred places and...More

Thank Robert B
Reviewed 27 October 2016

Off the typical tourist path in Spain but worth the visit to this unique Cathedral. You can also climb up the stairs to the roof of the church for a lovely view. Roosters/hens alive in the church, chirping away, Read up on the legend of...More

Thank Debbybcn
Reviewed 20 September 2016

Following a visit to the information centre where we learnt about the miracle of the chickens and the hanging boy it is essential to visit the cathedral to see the tomb of Santo Domingo and also the chickens and part of the gallows. A fascinating...More

Thank djspain
Reviewed 17 September 2016

We arrived at the cathedral when a mass was in progress, so we were not able to view the central part of the building. However, there was much to see in the chapels around the outer part of the building, including relics, paintings and sculpture....More

Thank Aussielins
Reviewed 8 August 2016

We could not work out why there were cockerels and hens celebrated around the town and then we visited the Cathedral (3ey to get in)...now we know the story and you have to go there to learn more too. Very ornate and elaborate site for...More

Thank Gary S
Reviewed 8 August 2016

The cathedral isn't that impressive from outside and looks as if it has been cobbled together over the centuries (which it has), but once in you'll be treated to a sumptuous feast of altars, relicts, devotional artefacts and great architecture. It's one of the most...More

Thank Roskers
Reviewed 23 July 2016 via mobile

It is easy to suffer from church visit offload in Rioja land but this cathedral is definitely one that I'd recommend visiting. It is probably the only cathedral in the world with a live chicken and roaster. It is extremely well cared for and someone...More

Thank Martin G
Reviewed 7 July 2016

This cathedral (12th C.) honors the saint Dominic (NOT to be confused with the "St" Dominic of Spanish Inquisition infamy) who spent his life aiding the local people of La Rioja, and especially pilgrims on their way to Santiago. The Church itself is an architectural...More

Thank Jennifer K
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