This church is co-cathedral of the diocese together with those of Calahorra and Logroño.
The church began to be built at the end of the 11th century in Romanesque style. The church was consecrated in 1106, began collegiate church in 1158 and cathedral in 1232.
In the 16th century, some changes were made to construct the tomb of Santo Domingo.
In the link below you will find a viedo about the cathedral of Santo Domingo de la Calzada (in Spanish).
The cathedral is adorned with many beautiful works of art.
To mention only a few:
- the Romanesque chevet, with its sculpted pillars and capitals. The most important collection in La Rioja.
- the Capilla de la Magdalena, a Plateresque chapel with a superb screen
- the Capilla de Santa Teresa with the white tomb of Pedro Suárez de Figueroa
The focal point for the pilgrims was the tomb of San Domingo de la Calzada in the southern part of the transept. On the front side a statue of the saint accompanied by the ubiquitous chicken and rooster, sculptured scenes from the saint's life on the sides of the tomb. One of the scenes shows the young pilgrim on the gallows and on the next the birds fly away from the magistrate's plate.
Like the church itself the saint's tomb is a mixture of styles: the effigy is Romanesque, the sculptured scenes and the baldachin are Gothic, while the screen is Baroque.
San Roque, 9, Santo Domingo de la Calzada, 26250, Spain
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Plaza Del Santo 3, Santo Domingo de la Calzada, La Rioja, 26250, Spain
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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 encountered on our entire trip. The menu was authentic and varied, the wine that was recommended became our favourite in Spain and the service was friendly, helpful and the food had the local rustic home cooked charm that we were looking to experience. When I was not sure whether I would like one of the items on the menu, I was brought a sampler bowl which was almost large enough to be a lunch meal.
Favorite Dish: I enjoyed the Basque Tripe stew the best. The tripe was cooked perfectly and the sauce was unique and flavourful.
What to buy:
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.