Santo Domingo de la Calzada Travel Guide

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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/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...

  • 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...

  • 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....

  • 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....

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Inside the Cathedral

    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...

  • The famous chicken-stable in the...

    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...

  • The tomb of Santo Domingo & the...

    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...

  • Paseo del Espolon

    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...

  • the bellfry of the cathedral

    The giant belfry of the cathedral of Santo Domingo de la Calzada stands seperate from the church, in a distance of about 10 meters and it is the highest building of this town with a total of around 6700 inhabitants. Next to the belfry you will find a small souvenir-shop and from there you will be able to step up the belfry, BUT I was simply much...

  • The old "Casa de la Confradia del Santo"

    This is the old "Casa de la Confradia del Santo", the oldest albergue in Santo Domingo de la Calzada that was built in 1556 in order to assist peregrinos on their way to Santiago de Compostela. And it makes sense to take a look INside of the old entrance-hall, that is normally open during the day and shows an old carriage, an old chandelier and the...

  • The Cathedral

    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...

  • Cathedral: interior

    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

  • Cathedral: tomb of S. Domingo

    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...

  • Cathedral: reredos

    The greatest work of art in the cathedral is the reredos by Damián Forment from Valencia. It was made by the sculptor and his co-workers between 1537 and 1540. It's nine meters wide and thirteen high. Amidst dozens of angels and saints scenes from the life of Jesus and Mary are depicted. The reredos was painted by Andrés de Melgar.

  • Rest of the town

    Besides the cathedral there's not much going on in Santo Domingo de la Calzada, although the town has some fine mansions and a beautiful Baroque Ayuntamiento. The many pilgrims that visit Santo Domingo every year are well taken care of with several hostels, some shops etc.


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  • 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...

  • 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 Shopping

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    by Aitana Written Nov 21, 2009

    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.

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Santo Domingo de la Calzada Warnings and Dangers

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    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...

  • 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...

  • 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...


Santo Domingo de la Calzada Favorites

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    by Oleg_D. Written Jul 14, 2014

    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

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