The rooster of Barcelos is one of the most popular Portuguese motifs in souvenir shops across the country. It originates from a medieval legend that tells the story of a Galician (perhaps a pilgrim) who was accused of stealing a gold cup being saved from the gallows by a rooster that miraculously crowed on the judge's plate after roasting. In fact, along the Camino de Santiago there are many legends similar to this one and we should not forget that Barcelos is an important stop on the Portuguese Camino, so it is not surprising that the legend has been shared by pilgrims along the routes.
A legend also says that years later the Galician would have returned to Barcelos and sculpted the Lord of the Rooster Cruise, with which he thanked God for the miracle that saved him from an unjust death. In the 20th century, Salazar's dictatorship, always jealous in the search for national symbols, would give the Rooster new life, redesigning it and giving it the configuration we know today: a black rooster decorated with bright colors.