I haven’t heard about the legend of the Rooster of Barcelos before my visit to Portugal. Our tour manager was happy to relate why there were so many rooster souvenirs everywhere in Portugal.The legend goes that an innocent man was sentenced to hang for stealing silver in Barcelos. At his sentencing, in front of a judge about to feast on a whole roasted rooster, the man exclaimed that on the day of his hanging, the roasted rooster will crow to prove his innocence. The judge saved the whole rooster for hanging day. When hanging day came, as the man was being hanged, the roasted rooster stood up and crowed. The judge immediately tried to stop the hanging. He was relieved that the accused who was innocent, was still alive as the knot on the rope did not hold. The story more or less goes that way. This legend is why the Rooster of Barcelos is one of the common emblems of Portugal.