Rocamadour (France)

Rocamadour is a commune in the Lot department in south-western France. It has attracted visitors for its setting in a gorge above a tributary of the River Dordogne, and especially for its historical monuments and its sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which for centuries has attracted pilgrims from every country.

Unfortunately the weather was quite bad during the visit. This is why all of the pictures look grey and gloomy.

The buildings of Rocamadour (from ròca, cliff, and sant Amador) rise in stages up the side of a cliff on the right bank of the Alzou, which here runs between rocky walls 120 metres (390 ft) in height. Flights of steps ascend from the lower town to the churches, a group of massive buildings half-way up the cliff. The chief of them is the pilgrimage church of Notre Dame (rebuilt in its present configuration from 1479), containing the cult image at the center of the site's draw, a wooden Black Madonna reputed to have been carved by Saint Amator (Amadour) himself.


The twenty closest neighbours in the database:

Sarlat-la-Canéda (France) (33 km), Carcassonne (France) (186 km), Lourdes (France) (232 km), Nîmes (France) (243 km), Aigues-Mortes (France) (247 km), Pont du Gard (250 km), Perpignan (France) (255 km), La Rochelle (France) (264 km), Avignon (France) (271 km), Château de Chenonceau (284 km), Biarritz (France) (293 km), Château du Clos Lucé (294 km), Miramas le Vieux (France) (304 km), Château de Blois (311 km), Château de Chambord (313 km), Guédelon (331 km), San Sebastián (Spain) (331 km), Château de Sully-sur-Loire (335 km), Pamplona (Spain) (342 km), Beaune (France) (351 km)

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