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Cathedral of Santo Domingo de la Calzada

Santo Domingo de la Calzada, Spain
+34 941 34 00 33
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The Cathedral with the hens and noisy cockerel

If you can get to the Rioja Region and can tear yourself away from all the wine tasting, spare a... read more

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Reviewed 1 week ago
Mike S
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London, United Kingdom
You may have seen other cathedrals, but you haven't seen the chicken run!

We have traveled extensively in Spain and never get tired of visiting the amazing churches. We... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
vincent a
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Built in the 12th and 13th centuries, this Romanesque cathedral has a unique tradition of keeping live chickens in its interior to commemorate a local legend.
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good34%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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Santo Domingo de la Calzada, Spain
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you can get to the Rioja Region and can tear yourself away from all the wine tasting, spare a couple of hours for a visit to Santo Domingo. The town has enough of interest to make a wander around pleasing, but don't begrudge the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We have traveled extensively in Spain and never get tired of visiting the amazing churches. We were staying in Santo Domingo de la Calzada and the desk clerk at our parador said we had to see the cathedral. Every little town is proud of their...More

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Reviewed June 12, 2018

We didn't have plans to stop in Santo Domingo de la Calzada but decided to when we were looking for a way to break up the drive. I'm so glad we visited the cathedral as it was a beautiful building. We didn't tour the inside...More

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Reviewed May 17, 2018

Last month, my wife and I visited this Cathedral, this was our second time in Santo Domingo de la Calzada. Prior to our arrival, we had booked a private guided tour, and we were diligent reconfirming our booking a few days ahead. At the hour...More

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Reviewed March 5, 2018

This is one of the many history filled places to visit in the DR. Don't miss stopping in. It is just gorgeous!

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Reviewed January 26, 2018

Very interesting building, I got impressed with the magnitude and the beauty of its chapel. Deserves a visit between tapa and tapa.

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Reviewed December 1, 2017

During our long journey around Spain we handed up in Santo Domingo De la calzada La Rioja and there we discovered this wonderful catedral. For 3 euros we stay a while to meditate on our great fortune!

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Reviewed August 9, 2017

The cathedral is the gem of this town. If you are a peregrino (pilgram traveling the Camino of Santiago) this is a lovely stop. There are several legends associated with this town and the cathedral. You will even find live rooster/ hens in the cathedral....More

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Reviewed April 8, 2017

This was an interesting cathedral to tour, something a little different! The chickens were an entertaining (and maybe a little distracting!) sideshow, and the legend behind them is compelling! The story of Santo Domingo and his devotion to the Camino pilgrims is an interesting one....More

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Reviewed November 20, 2016

Don't know what to add that hasn't already been said.If you are doing the Camino, however, this is a required stop just for the story and representations of Santo Domingo. Not enough raves about the tower-DO IT-the views are breathtaking. These are sacred places and...More

Thank Robert B
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