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SANTO DOMINGO DE LA CALZADA, WHERE THE ROASTED COCK CROWED AGAIN

Opposite the tomb stands the famous hen cage containing a live cock and hen, in commemoration of the famous miracle that Aymeric Picaud places in Toulouse and which happened at the beginning of the 15th C. The historian, Huidobro, narrates it as follows: "a Germany couple from Santu, near Wesel and Res, in the archbishopric of Cologne decided to keep their promise and make a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, accompanied by a son of theirs, a handsome young man. Having heard about the miracles of the holy sepulchre, they halted in Santo Domingo and visited the church, where they prayed devoutly.Tired after their journey, the pilgrims then sought out an inn where they stayed for two days: the innkeeper's daughter fell madly in love with the young pilgrim, declared her love to him and was rejected. She therefore decided to get her revenge and, taking a silver cup, she hid it amongst the young man's baggage whilst he was asleep":

Once on route, the theft was reported to the Judge. The authorities found the cup amongst the young man's possessions and he was condemned to the gallows. His parents continued their pilgrimage to Santiago to pray for their son. On their return, they found their son still hanging but alive thanks to the intervention of the apostle. When they went to tell the judge of this miracle, he was just about to eat two fowls (presumably cock and hen) and said: "Your son is as alive as these fowls that are on my plate", at that very moment the birds "jumped from the plate started to crow and cluck".

This is the origin of the saying: "Santo Domingo de la Calzada, cantó la gallina después de asada" (Santo Domingo de la Calzada, where the hen clucks after being roasted).

From the book "Curiosidades del Camino de Santiago". by Juan Ramón Corpas Mauleon. Published by Edilesa