Santo Domingo de la Calzada

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Santo Domingo de la Calzada
Cathedral of Santo Domingo de la Calzada
Coat of arms of Santo Domingo de la Calzada
Coat of arms
Santo Domingo de la Calzada is located in Spain
Santo Domingo de la Calzada
Santo Domingo de la Calzada
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 42°26′31″N 2°57′9″W / 42.44194°N 2.95250°W / 42.44194; -2.95250
Country Spain
Autonomous Community La Rioja (Spain)
ProvinceLa Rioja
ComarcaSanto Domingo de la Calzada
 • MayorAgustín García Metola (PSOE)
 • Total40 km2 (20 sq mi)
Elevation641 m (2,103 ft)
 • Total6,231
 • Density160/km2 (400/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST (GMT +2))
Postal code
Area code(s)+34 (Spain) + 941 (La Rioja)
WebsiteTown Hall

Santo Domingo de la Calzada is a municipality in La Rioja, Spain, situated on the banks of the Oja River. Its name refers to its founder, Dominic de la Calzada, who built a bridge, hospital, and hotel here for pilgrims on the French Way the most popular path of the Way of St. James. He began construction of the town's Cathedral of Santo Domingo de la Calzada is buried within and it is dedicated to him.[2]

Philosopher Gustavo Bueno Martínez was born here in 1924.

Santo Domingo de la Calzada is also the site of the miracle of the "hanged innocent" a pilgrim wrongly accused of theft. The witnesses for his successful appeal, a pair of beheaded, supposedly cooked chickens are represented by their descendants, a pair of whom are kept at all times in the choir loft of the cathedral. Other descendants are kept in the local pilgrimage refuge.[3]


List of mayors since the democratic elections of 1979
Term Name of Mayor Political Party
1979–1983 Rodolfo Varona Aransay Grouping of electors
1983–1987 Rodolfo Varona Aransay PR
1987–1991 José Ramón Mendi Barrón UCD
1991–1995 Javier Ruiz Aznárez PSOE
1995–1999 Esther Vargas Domingo PP
1999–2003 Esther Vargas Domingo PP
2003–2007 Agustín García Metola PSOE
2007–2011 Agustín García Metola PSOE
2011–2015 Javier Azpeitia Sáez PP
2015–2019 Agustín García Metola PSOE
2019– Javier Ruiz Bartolomé PSOE

Notable people

See also


  1. ^ Municipal Register of Spain 2018. National Statistics Institute.
  2. ^ Gitlitz & Davidson, The Pilgrimage Road to Santiago: The Complete Cultural Handbook, 2000, St Martin's Press, ISBN 0-312-25416-4
  3. ^ Gitlitz & Davidson, pp.154-5

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Coordinates: 42°25′59″N 2°57′00″W / 42.433°N 2.950°W / 42.433; -2.950

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