Legend of Santo Domingo de la Calzada


In the Legend of Santo Domingo de la Calzada tradition tells that among the many Compostela pilgrims who stop in Santo Domingo de la Calzada in their Camino de Santiago from Logroño to Burgos to venerate the relics of the SaintHere came a German marriage with his eighteen-year-old son named Hugonell, from Ad Sanctos (Xanten in the Diocese of Münster, but until 1821 of the Archbishopric of Cologne)

The girl at the inn where they stayed fell in love with the young Hugonell, but in the face of the boy's indifference, he decided to take revenge. He put a silver cup in the young man's luggage and when the pilgrims continued on their way, the girl reported the robbery to the Corregidor.

The laws of then (Fuero de Alfonso X el Sabio) punished the crime of theft with death penalty and once he was arrested and tried, the innocent pilgrim was hanged.

When his parents left on the way to Santiago de Compostela, they went to see his hanged son and, when they arrived at the place where he was, they heard the voice of the son announcing that Santo Domingo de la Calzada had preserved his life. They went immediately to the house of the City Corregidor and told him the wonder.

Incredulous the Corregidor replied that his son was as alive as the rooster and the chicken that he was preparing to eat.

At that precise moment the rooster and the chicken jumping from the plate and began to sing.


And from this moment the Legend of Santo Domingo de la Calzada and the famous verses are born:

Santo Domingo de la Calzada
where the chicken sang after roast

In memory of this event, a live rooster and hen are kept in the Cathedral throughout the year. They are always white and come from donations from devotees of the Saint, changing couples every month. The rest of the time he stays in a chicken coop that the Santo Domingo Brotherhood maintains at his registered office.

In front of this niche that was built around 1445 and under a Romanesque window, a piece of the wood of the pilgrim's gallows is preserved.

In the Archive of the Cathedral a document of 1350 is conserved with indulgences that 180 Bishops grant

“To the Cathedral of La Calzada, where there is a white rooster and a chicken, who devoutly turn around the tomb of the Saint, reciting the Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory”

Special tourist mention deserves the entire town of Santo Domingo de la Calzada, that will not leave you indifferent.

The Legend of Santo Domingo de la Calzada is not the only one that mentions “Un Gallo”, in the Portuguese Way from Porto passing through Barcelos, we have the famous “Miracle of the Rooster of Barcelos"

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