El Gallo metal crowns the tower of the Romanesque church of San Isidoro de León is a city icon. As is the O Teruel, Valencia or bat, Indalo Almería, or perhaps Córdoba, Colt Square, Leon graphically identifies this interesting weathervane who chaired the life of Leon for almost a millennium, today also converted handicraft product city.
But you look at the things that are, that both be there, nobody had cared to look carefully that inaccessible copper sculpture. Until the year 2003, within a comprehensive reform of the church, is disassembled for restoration (little) and cleaning. The paper gives the news the cock is definitely the oldest part of the church, which may be of Persian origin. Carbon tests 14 certify that the piece is dated about the year that Muhammad was born.
From this point begins the speculation about its origin and journey, many who deserved congress: "Symposium on the cock Isidorian Tower", Soil for this figure. What seems to be more or less clear, is that the piece can come from Medina Azahara which arrived a Gift, an age to decorate buildings.
There is no doubt that the rooster is a piece of Islamic metalwork, palatine with a clear destination. But, What may be the true origin, origin? There is no definitive answer on, but during the eleventh century there is a curious and interesting line connecting the city of León, capital of the Kingdom, in al-Andalus. In this connection or link, a series of armed concrete events are, transfer could have taken place in the city of this evocative work. The Cock of San Isidoro could have been brought by Alfonso VI as part of the looting carried out in 1072-1075 to around Córdoba, in support of their ally, King of Toledo, Al-Mamún.
In early November of the year 1009, Sulayman troops and Leon cross the Guadalquivir, attack the outskirts of Córdoba and terrorize its inhabitants. All Cordoba countryside suffers assaults Berber and Leon, engaged in looting an important part of the wealth of the Caliphate, coming to come, Zaira Medina destroy and loot, Alamiria and Medina Azahara Palace Caliphate, events in which it is said that the Leonese: "Plunder and steal without order".
I put here the link to the page of a web of Lion has deepened their blog this interesting piece which also smells like Córdoba. The piece is now housed in the Museum of the Collegiate León (foto arriba) and instead has placed a replica (foto abajo).