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Picture of the Major Square and the City Hall of Santo Domingo de la Calzada, (La Rioja). This town gets up on an extensive plain, on the banks of the river Oja - that gives name to the region-, in the western end of the Rioja, to the feet of the highest summits of the Sierra de la Demanda. It is to an altitude of 638 mts., with an extension of almost 40Km ², and a population of 6.260 inhabitants.
This village was tied to the Way of Santiago from his origins in the XIth century. Calzada means path or way. Santo Domingo, a young shepherd native to the region, was educated in Valvanera's monastery and requested to enter in famous monastery of San Millán de la Cogolla. Pushed back this request, he became the assistant of Gregorio de Ostia, the papal legacy, who priest ordered him.
To Gregorio's death, Domingo he retired to the river Oja to take hermit's life and to attend the pilgrims who were going towards Compostela. It is called him "de la Calzada" by his certain labor to there support and improve the Roman old causeway who was passing between Nájera and Redecilla del Camino to facilitate the step of the rosemaries. In the year 1044 he constructed a bridge on the river Oja, most known about the whole series of bridges that he did on rivers, creeks and ravines. Also he built a chapel dedicated to Santa Maria, a hospital and a lodging of pilgrims, today restored as Parador Nacional de Turismo.
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