The Chickens, The Saint, The Cathedral,  and The Legend.  

Visited Santo Domingo de la Caldzada, which has an interesting tale.   

Legend tells of a German Pilgrim called Hugonell walking to Santiago with his parents on Pilgramage.   

They rested at an Inn in Santo Domingo de la Calzada, whereupon the Innkeepers daughter fell in love with Hugonell. Her feelings were not reciprocated. In anger, the girl placed a silver cup in his luggage and accused him of stealing, which carried the Death Penalty. He was hanged and the parents went on to Santiago. They returned later to visit the grave of their son. They found their son still hanging, but miraculously still alive. Hugonell said to them, “Santo Domingo has kept me alive”. Excitedly they went to the Mayor and demanded their son be released. The Mayor did not believe them and said ” That boy is as alive as the two roast chickens we are about to eat”. Suddenly the two chickens came to life, sprouted feathers and beaks, and began to crow. 

 This is the most famous of Santo Domingo’s miracles, and two chickens are now kept in the Cathedral in memory, following Pope Clemente VI written permission dated 1350. There is no record about what happened to the girl. 

Believe it if you wish, it has great prominence in the town, with two live chickens kept in the Cathedral. 


One Response so far.

  1. Alan Guy says:
    A blistering pace without the blisters. Keep going.
    By the way, you lawn looks good – a true professional


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