Santo Domingo de la Calzada Travel Guide

  • The Saint
    The Saint
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  • Santo Domingo de la Calzada
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  • Santo Domingo de la Calzada
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Santo Domingo de la Calzada Things to Do

  • Cathedral of El Salvador

    Construction of the cathedral of El Salvador (The Savior) started in1158 and was mostly accomplished by the beginning of XV century. Just several chapels were added during XV century. That’s why you can see there Romanesque apse, high altar, columns, Gothic chapels and some baroques in the choirs built in XVI century. That cathedral is very famous...

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  • Cathedral/Interiors

    Interiors of the cathedral mostly preserved all elements built between 1158 and 1527. Only very small part of interiors was built in XVII and XVIII centuries. So, high altar and ambulatory were built in XII century, naves in XIV century. Several chapels were accomplished in XV century. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flash...

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  • Cathedral/Romanesque columns

    In the Ambulatory of the Cathedral behind the High altar we can see the Romanesque columns made between 1158 and 1200. Some of these columns are decorated with the bas-relieves with the devotion to Holy Trinity and figure of the King David. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flash light and tripod. Admission is 4 Euros...

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  • Cathedral/Choirs

    Choirs of cathedral of El Salvador were built in XVI century and as you can see they are expressively baroque. As many typical Spanish choirs, in many Spanish Cathedrals, present choirs are situated in the central part of central nave and separated but the wall from other interiors. Chairs in the choirs are real masterpiece of Spanish woodcarvers....

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  • Cathedral/Altarpieces

    Although interiors of El Salvador Cathedral were mostly built up by the beginning of XIV century you will no see any Romanesque or Gothic altarpieces there. Instead you will see main altarpiece made by famous Valencian sculptor and carver Damian Forment in baroque style. He started his work at 1537 and still hasn’t finished his work in 1540 when he...

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  • Cathedral/Crypt and Tomb of Santo...

    Santo Domingo or Domingo Garcia (1019 – 1109) prepared his own sepulcher in advance in the middle of the road he himself constructed outside the church. Many years later with the building of the new cathedral the tomb became part of the interior of the Cathedral, in the south transept to be precise. So, to visit his tomb and venerate the relics of...

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  • Cathedral/Henhouse

    Animals are not allowed to enter temples according to general rules of all Christian churches. But we know that some exemptions always exist. Here, in the southern transept you will see the henhouse where live one rooster and one hen. That henhouse was built in XV century and renovated in XVII th. Both animals are living here because it was allowed...

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  • Cathedral/Cenotaph of Santo Domingo

    In the southern transept of the cathedral of El Salvador you will see splendid gothic cenotaph built in second part of XV century. This cenotaph is real masterpiece of the Gothic stone carving. Majority of visitors who are not in the guided tour think that this is symbolic place where Santo Domingo de la Calzada (1019 – 1109) was buried. In fact...

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  • Cathedral/Chapel of San Juan

    Chapel of San Juan Batista was built in XV century and speaking honestly this is my favorite chapel in Cathedral of El Salvador in Santo Domingo de la Calzada because there, in that chapel, I could see the tombs of three guys in excellent armors. Thirst such tomb belongs to Pedro Suarez Lord of Cuzcurrita who died in 1419. Since he is in gothic...

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  • Cathedral/Tombs of De Valenca family

    Two representatives of aristocratic family of De Valenca were buried in the chapel of this cathedral. First was Fernando Alonso De Valenca who died in 1522. His sepulcher with beautiful arcosolium was built in 1527 by the Dutch master Guillen de Hollanda. Fernando Alonso De Valenca’s nephew Juan Rodrigo de Valenca died in 1581 but his sepulcher was...

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  • Cathedral/Tomb of Pedro de Carranza

    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...

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  • Cathedral/Museum

    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...

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  • Cathedral/Cloister

    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...

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  • Cathedral/Belfry

    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....

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  • Ermita de la Virgen de la Plaza

    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....

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  • Plaza Mayor

    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...

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  • Porticoed Square

    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...

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  • Cistercian Nunnery

    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...

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  • Medieval defensive walls

    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...

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  • Church of San Francisco

    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...

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  • Church of San Francisco/Interior

    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...

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Santo Domingo de la Calzada Hotels

Santo Domingo de la Calzada Restaurants

  • Try "ahorcadilos" , a macabre desert

    In Santo Domino de la Calzada you will find a very special kind of a sweet desert that reflects the so-called chicken-miracle of this place ! ( I explained the chicken-miracle in one of the tips about the cathedral.) "ahorcadilos" is the name of this macabre desert, take a look at my main picture here and you will see a "hanged man" surrounded by...

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  • Just around the corner

    Just around the corner from the Parador of Santo Domingo Bernardo Fresneda (food very uninspiring) we found this gem of a restaurant with a varied menu of very regional cuisine. The owner was so eager to help with our selection and our lousy spanish that we were able to enjoy what I came to believe was the most authentic regional cooking we...

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  • Santo Domingo de la Calzada Hotels

    4 Hotels in Santo Domingo de la Calzada

Santo Domingo de la Calzada Shopping

  • Buy roosters and hens

    The rooster and trhe hen are the typical souvenirs that you will find everywhere. roosters and hens normal price

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  • Ahorcaditos

    Ahorcaditos are sweets made of almonds and puff pastry typical from Santo Domingo de la Calzada.Ahorcadito is the diminutive of ahorcado, hanged person. It makes reference to the most famous miracle of Santo Domingo: a young pilgrim was condemned to the gallows despite being innocent. He survived thanks to the saint.

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Santo Domingo de la Calzada Warnings and Dangers

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    a pickpocket-lady??

    by globetrott Written Oct 27, 2012

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    It happened to me, while I was waiting to get inside the bus at the bus-station of Santo Domingo de la Calzada: I was the 3rd person in the line waiting to pay to the driver and to get inside the bus and all of a sudden a lady was standing besides the bus, next to the person ahead of me like she would try to skip the long line of people, who queued in order to enter the bus as well. I did not let her in and some other people behind of me did the same, but that lady stayed there at the entrance of the bus like she was trying to get into it that way.
    Then I was inside the bus and did not think of her anymore, BUT as soon as the bus-doors have closed and the bus started its tour I saw that very lady in my picture walking home like someone, who had done her job well...
    Well, maybe I am wrong, BUT what else was the sense of standing there next to the line of people, who reached for their money in order to pay the driver..??

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Santo Domingo de la Calzada Off The Beaten Path

  • 550km - a museum & a strange lady

    I had a whole afternoon in Santo Domingo de la Calzada and when I passed by this museum about the Camino I wanted to take a look inside, BUT the lady at the reception was "on the telephone" and did not find the time to sell me a ticket while she was chatting with somebody....and this is why I decided to leave there again after 5 minutes of...

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  • Casa de Lorenzo de Tejada

    VThe Casa de Lorenzo de Tejada is dating back to the year 1621 and it is one of the most beautiful and elaborate secular buildings of Santo Domingo de la Calzada. You will find this building not far from the Campanile of the cathedral, in the main road to the cathedral that is also the Camino.From OUTside it does not look very special, but it has...

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  • Convento de San Francisco

    Convento de San Francisco is the former franciscan monastery that had been transformed into a modern 3-star hotel, called Parador de Sto. Domingo Bernardo de Fresneda.I had a look inside and found quite an impressive architecture next to ringroad around the old part of the city. There is a monument for the peregrinos in front of it as well - see it...

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Santo Domingo de la Calzada Favorites

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    Tourist Office

    by Oleg_D. Written Jul 14, 2014

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    Favorite thing: Tourist Office or Oficina de Turismo where you can get any available information about all tourist destinations, hotels and bodegas in and around of Santo Domingo de la Calzada situated in the central part of the city at house 44 of Calle Mayor.
    +34 941 34 12 30
    Fax +34 941 34 12 31
    santodomingo@riooja.org
    www.riooja.org

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