Santo Domingo de la Calzada Things to Do

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    Cathedral/Tomb of Pedro de Carranza

    by Oleg_D. Written Jul 22, 2014

    Chapel where Pedro de Caranza was buried in 1517 is situated in the northern nave of the Cathedral. Chapel itself was built in XIII century but the sepulcher in beginning of XVI and it was made by one of the most famous wood and stone carver of united Spain Felipe de Bigarny. He designed and built that sepulcher in so-called perpendicular style and decorated with the scene of Annunciation made in late gothic style and the image of Heavenly Father in the tympanum. And under the scene of Annunciation we can see the figure of Pedro de Caranza dressed in long robe of gown with a dog at his feet. That chapel and tomb are the real masterpieces of the first quarter of XIII and first quarter of XVI centuries.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flash light and tripod.
    Admission is 4 Euros (including belfry and cathedral)
    Open from November 4 through March 31:
    From Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 19:30 hrs.
    Saturdays from 10:00 to 19:10 hrs. Sundays from 10:00 to 12:20 h. and from 13:45 to 19:10 h.
    From April 1 through November 3:
    From Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 20:30 hrs.
    Saturdays from 9:00 to 19:10 hrs. Sundays from 9:00 to 12:20 hrs. and from 13:45 to 19:10 hrs.

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    Cathedral/Museum

    by Oleg_D. Updated Jul 22, 2014

    Museum of sacred arts and cathedral is situated in the galleries of the Cathedral’s cloister. You will be able to see there excellent altarpieces, icons, statues, reliquaries, chapels and tombs and ever original knightly shield with the coat of arms of Castile and Leon. This shield belonged to the King of Castile and Leon Henry II the founder of new dynasty of Trastamara. He died here in Santo Domingo de la Calzada and his viscera are buried here. If you are in Santo Domingo de la Calzada then this museum is number one must see place.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flash light and tripod.
    Admission is 4 Euros (including belfry and cathedral)
    Open from November 4 through March 31:
    From Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 19:30 hrs.
    Saturdays from 10:00 to 19:10 hrs. Sundays from 10:00 to 12:20 h. and from 13:45 to 19:10 h.
    From April 1 through November 3:
    From Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 20:30 hrs.
    Saturdays from 9:00 to 19:10 hrs. Sundays from 9:00 to 12:20 hrs. and from 13:45 to 19:10 hrs.

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    Cathedral/Cloister

    by Oleg_D. Written Jul 22, 2014

    Construction of present cloister was started around 1340 in the Mudejar style according the order of Juan del Pino the Bishop of Calahorra and la Calzada. Cloister adjoins the northern wall of Cathedral. Cloister was reconstructed in XVI century and some renovations were made in the galleries to place there the museum.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flash light and tripod.
    Admission is 4 Euros (including belfry and cathedral)
    Open from November 4 through March 31:
    From Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 19:30 hrs.
    Saturdays from 10:00 to 19:10 hrs. Sundays from 10:00 to 12:20 h. and from 13:45 to 19:10 h.
    From April 1 through November 3:
    From Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 20:30 hrs.
    Saturdays from 9:00 to 19:10 hrs. Sundays from 9:00 to 12:20 hrs. and from 13:45 to 19:10 hrs.

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    Cathedral/Belfry

    by Oleg_D. Updated Jul 20, 2014

    The separate standing belfry is the fourth tower built for that cathedral at the same place. First belfry was built in 1450 but it was destroyed by the lightning. Second one was accomplished by 1560 but it collapsed in XVIII century. At last, present tower was built in 1762-1765. This belfry is sixty nine meters tall and is divided in three parts. The first two floors are square, and the upper part has an octagonal form. Since this belfry was built by Martin de Beratua, this tower looks like as the twin of other belfries built by this architect in la Rioja. One hundred and thirty two steps take visitors up to the bells. The clock was installed in 1780 by the blacksmith Martin Pasco. That clock is still working without any repair of its original mechanism till nowadays.
    Admission is 4 Euros (including museum and cathedral)
    Open from November 4 through March 31:
    From Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 19:30 hrs.
    Saturdays from 10:00 to 19:10 hrs. Sundays from 10:00 to 12:20 h. and from 13:45 to 19:10 h.
    From April 1 through November 3:
    From Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 20:30 hrs.
    Saturdays from 9:00 to 19:10 hrs. Sundays from 9:00 to 12:20 hrs. and from 13:45 to 19:10 hrs.

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    Ermita de la Virgen de la Plaza

    by Oleg_D. Written Jul 15, 2014

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    Baroque facade of this XVI century late gothic building was added in XVIII century. Beneath the belfry gable there is a niche holding a late XVI century image of Virgin Mary. Inside you will be able to see the neo-gothic altarpiece made in XX century presided by the statue of the city’s patroness Our Lady Virgin Mary of the Square with baby Christ. This statue made in XIV century was restored in XVI century.
    You will easily find that chapel at the corner of Calle Mayor and Calle Hilario Perez just in front of the southern wall of the cathedral.

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    Plaza Mayor

    by Oleg_D. Written Jul 15, 2014

    Plaza Mayor or main Square of Santo Domingo de la Calzada is also known as the Plaza de Espana or Square of Spain. That square was organized in this place sine the beginning of XIV century when the construction of city defensive walls was accomplished. Market and Bull Ring took places here. The cobbled pavement of the square was made in 1990s. The City Hall (Ayntamiento) was constructed by 1750 by Francisco Aguero. There are still exist nine original arches in the first floor. Otherwise this is just very beautiful and typical Spanish Main Square.

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    Porticoed Square

    by Oleg_D. Written Jul 14, 2014

    Porticoed Square housed a market where grocers sold their products. Their products were displayed under the arcades of the plaza and thus sheltered from the sun and rain. The fountain was constructed in 1799 by the order of Mayor Fernandez de Ocampo to supply town with water. It was originally in the quarter known as Procede la Puebla and the water came from the spring “Los Martires” (The Martyrs). The oak trees lining the plaza are the remnant of medieval forest which was used to cover whole area and a sickle cutting an oak is the symbol depicted on the city’s coat of arms.

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    Cistercian Nunnery

    by Oleg_D. Written Jul 12, 2014

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    Cistercian nun from the Royal Monastery of Abia de las Torres in Palencia were redeployed to Santo Domingo de la Calzada in 1610 according to the order of Calahorra y La Calzada. That Monastery was also known as the Monasterio de Nuestra Senora Anunciacion as it was named by Pedro Manso de Zuniga the founder the monastery. Church of the monastery was projected by Matias de Astizado. Interior of the church are made in typical for that historical period style of baroque. In frond of the church you will see the water tap dedicated to Camino de Santiago and all pilgrims walking along this way of Saint James.
    Admission is free but any donations are welcomed and highly appreciated. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flash light and tripod.

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    Medieval defensive walls

    by Oleg_D. Written Jul 12, 2014

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    City of Santo Domingo de la Calzada still has its medieval defensive wall built in XIII century. At least for towers and curtain walls between those towers survived till nowadays. These stone walls were never reconstructed because by 1270 the United Kingdoms of Castile and Leon drove Moors far south and this part of La Rioja became safe from the Moorish raids. Now the storks occupied tops of the tower and made the nests there. So, here you can observe the example of medieval fortification of XIII century and observe everyday life of the storks.
    Walls are situated along Avenida Burgos.

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    Church of San Francisco

    by Oleg_D. Written Jul 11, 2014

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    Convent of San Francisco and its church in the city of Santo Domingo de la Calzada was founded in 1535. Construction was mostly finished by the mid of XVI century and today we can see a church typical for the Spanish style known as “Herreriano”. High Altar of that church was created in 1602 by the group of different painters. Today former nun quarters are occupied by the elite hotel “Parador Bernardo de Fresneda”, Bishop Bernardo de Fresneda was the confessor of King Philip II of Spain and one of the main donators to Convent of San Francisco. In front the church today we can se the Monument of Santiago (Saint James) the Pilgrim and in the wall of Parador is the statue of Santo Domingo de la Calzada with miraculous rooster and hen.

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    Church of San Francisco/Interior

    by Oleg_D. Written Jul 11, 2014

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    Interiors of the church of former Convent of San Francisco is typical for hundred of Spanish churches built in XVI-XVII century in the style of baroque. Several days before the fest of the Miracle of Santo Domingo de la Calzada church becomes the staff of the drummers or the participants of the march with the drums. They rehearse here and keep their drums and costumes. Unfortunately we couldn’t stay two more days in this wonderful city to take part in the fest.
    Admission is free but any donations are welcomed and highly appreciated. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flash light and tripod.

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    Inside the Cathedral

    by globetrott Updated Oct 30, 2012

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    This is the great interior of the cathedral of Santo Domingo de la Calzada that is just a museum nowadays and normally not used as a church anymore. You will need at least 1 hour inside that church in order to enjoy all of these great sights and works of art.
    The cathedral dates back to the year 1098, and the main altar was added in 1540. In the year 1158 the tomb of Holy Domingo Garcias was added, it shows various scenes and miracles of his life in the sculptures of the ornate tomb.

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    The famous chicken-stable in the cathedral

    by globetrott Written Oct 30, 2012

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    This is the famous chicken-stable in the cathedral of Santo Domingo de la Calzada, that is now a museum. There are always 2 chicken in that stable and according to my guidebook these chicken will be changed every day.
    According to old ledgends your Camino will be fine, when the chicken is crying as soon as you enter the cathedral - in my case that happened and I can asure you, the ledgend is right !

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    The tomb of Santo Domingo & the chicken-miracle

    by globetrott Updated Oct 30, 2012

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    This is the tomb of Santo Domingo inside the cathedral of Santo Domingo de la Calzada and opposite of the worldwide only chicken-stable inside of a church.
    There is a ledgend behind these chicken, the so-called chicken-miracle:
    In medieval times a young man from Germany did the Camino with his parents and they slept in an albergue in Sto. Domingo de la Calzada. A local waitress fell in love with that handsome young man, BUT he refused her, as he was "on the Camino"
    The waitress got angry about him and put a silver jug into his bags, called the police, who thought the young man had stolen the jug and he was sentenced to death by the local judge and hanged that same day.
    the next day his parents wanted to see their son a last time before they continued their Camino and saw that their son was hanging on the tree, but not dead at all, but alive (because Santo Domingo stood under him and saved his life that way)
    The parents rushed to the judge, who was also the bishop of this town and told him about this miracle. The bishop was eating chicken, when they told him about the miracle, but the bishop just told them:
    " Your son is as dead as this chicken !"
    In that very moment the fried chicken from his plate became alive and flew away !
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    There are lots of different such stories about the chicken !

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    Paseo del Espolon

    by globetrott Updated Oct 27, 2012

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    There is a ringroad around the old part of town that includes also a wide boulevard called "Paseo del Espolon" with lots of street-cafes and shops, a great area to relax and to take a walk under shady trees.
    Take a look at the great pavement there as well - see it in my 3 last pictures, showing the coats of arm of the town with the 2 chicken in it and a peregrino in my last picture !.

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