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Rocamadour

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Rocamadour - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Lot
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Sacred town and important pilgrimage site, the village of Rocamadour is perched on the side of a limestone cliff and towers majestically over the Alzou canyon. What a wild and unspoiled environment! Famous for its sanctuaries and more especially for its Black Virgin, Rocamadour attracts every year a large number of visitors and pilgrims. Moreover, the village of Rocamadour is the second most visited attraction in France after Mont-Saint-Michel! Having climbed 216 stairs of the main staircase leading to the church square, pilgrims and walkers discover the seven sanctuaries of Rocamadour, among which the Notre-Dame chapel, the Saint-Sauveur basilica and the Saint-Michel chapel. Unmissable, the Notre-Dame chapel or miracles chapel contains a statue of the Black Virgin dating from the 12th century. Near this chapel is Saint-Amadour's tomb. The former popes' palace, whose entrance is also situated on the square, is home to the Sacred Art museum and its collection of religious works from the town. From the top of the medieval village, or to be precise off the ramparts of the ancient fort, the view of all of Rocamadour, the Alzou canyon and the unspoiled landscapes surroundings the Regional Nature Park of the Quercy Limestone Plateaus is amazing.

In Rocamadour, walkers can also admire beautiful mineral concretions, as well as 20,000 year-old cave drawings during the visit of the Cave of Marvels (Grotte des Merveilles).

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Rocamadour

In the heart of the Causse de Gramat and at the gates of the Dordogne valley, Rocamadour, hanging on the luminous cliff overlooking the Alzou canyon, is a real challenge to balance. In a vertical deployment of secret rocks and brown roofs, the village is a prodigious superposition of houses and sanctuaries: "Houses on the creek, churches on houses, rock on churches, castle on rock."

A place of Christianity since the Middle Ages, the medieval city offers many points of interest. Classed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the sanctuaries and in particular the chapel of the Black Madonna are offered to visitors after climbing the 216 steps of the pilgrims' staircase. The shopping street of the city, with fortified gates, gives access to the Renaissance town hall, the heart of this beautiful medieval city.

Coat of Arms: Three fleur-de-lys d'Or on a background of Azur, and three chessboard rocks on the bottom of Gueule (red) with the seals of the Consuls de Rocamadour of 1303.

AOC Rocamadour: AOC Rocamadour is a "pure goat" cheese made exclusively from raw and whole milk, produced, processed and refined on the Appellation area, respecting traditions. It is creamy, creamy and melting, revealing a more or less pronounced odor of goat, cream or butter with similar tastes. There are a thousand and one ways to taste the AOC Rocamadour: the Rocamadour is savored commonly creamy, but, depending on the tastes, can be tasted dry, releasing then more powerful aromas. The Rocamadour can be stored in the bottom of the refrigerator or in a cool, humid place (about 10 ° C). Before consuming it, it is recommended to leave it 1 hour at room temperature so that it regains its flavors and its mellowness. The Rocamadour is a cheese that connoisseurs particularly appreciate because it peeps: under its skin, one discovers its creamy and temperature, its fine pearl skin.

Wines: L'Amadour rouge (wine from the Lot region) is a pleasant wine to drink. Composed of 60% Merlot and 40% Malbec, its nose has a high intensity and aromas of black fruits, morello cherries and spices. It is large on the palate with fine tannins. It can be kept for 3 to 4 years. To associate with salad Quercy, lamb of the Quercy or the Rocamadour. L'Amadour rosé, composed of Gamay, Merlot and Malbec, with aromas of white fruit (pear, pineapple), acacia flowers and red fruits (cherry, raspberry), also attracts Mouth by its amplitude and its freshness. Its quality was recognized at the Concours General Agricole de Paris 2009 where the 2008 vintage obtained the Gold Medal of the Pays de Lot Rosé Wines.

Foie gras: A stone's throw from Rocamadour, a farm raises 10,000 mulard ducks each year for a production of foie gras and other regional specialties in pure farming tradition and for the pleasure of gourmets.

The walnut cake: The cake with walnuts of Rocamadour is a pastry, specialty of the regions of Quercy and Périgord. The nut (since 2002 AOC Noix du Périgord), is the essential ingredient of this cake.

The lamb of Quercy: the Lamb of Quercy is the product of a terroir (Causses du Quercy), a race (Caussenarde du Lot), and a know-how that allows to produce all Of the year of lambs of "100 days". Raised 70 days minimum with her mother, supplemented with a ration based on cereals, this lamb benefits from sheep breeding in traditional and ancestral way.

Goat milk soaps: The fat molecules of goat milk are exceptionally fine and are therefore easily absorbed by the skin. Goat milk soaps are known for their antibacterial properties which leave the skin hydrated and silky in a natural way. These soaps are frequently used in cases of dry skin, eczema...

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View from the bottom of Rocamadour from the rock
View from the bottom of Rocamadour from the rock
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Nice little pigeonnier seen from opposite the rock of Rocamadour
Nice little pigeonnier seen from opposite the rock of Rocamadour
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Rocamadour, carved in the rock
Rocamadour, carved in the rock
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Nice view of Rocamadour
Nice view of Rocamadour
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View over the courtyard of the sanctuary (© Jean Espirat)
View over the courtyard of the sanctuary (© Jean Espirat)
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Another close view of the village (© Jean Espirat)
Another close view of the village (© Jean Espirat)
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Street outside the ramparts, west side (© Jean Espirat)
Street outside the ramparts, west side (© Jean Espirat)
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Panorama (© J.E)
Panorama (© J.E)
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Rocamadour at the time of the Montgolfiades
Rocamadour at the time of the Montgolfiades
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Gateway to Rocamadour
Gateway to Rocamadour
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View of the village
View of the village
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View of Rocamadour
View of Rocamadour
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Carved out of the Roc
Carved out of the Roc
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Houses next to the rock of Rocamadour
Houses next to the rock of Rocamadour
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The Rock of Rocamadour
The Rock of Rocamadour
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The tunnel of the ramparts of Rocamadour
The tunnel of the ramparts of Rocamadour
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Night view - Rocamadour
Night view - Rocamadour
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Rocamadour
Rocamadour
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Panorama (© Jean Espirat)
Panorama (© Jean Espirat)
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Main street (© Jean Espirat)
Main street (© Jean Espirat)
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Main street (© Jean Espirat)
Main street (© Jean Espirat)
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Main street (© Jean Espirat)
Main street (© Jean Espirat)
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Main street (© Jean Espirat)
Main street (© Jean Espirat)
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View of the castle from the main street (© Jean Espirat)
View of the castle from the main street (© Jean Espirat)
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Porte Hugon, (West), from the inside (© Jean Espirat)
Porte Hugon, (West), from the inside (© Jean Espirat)
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Porte Hugon, (West), from the outside (© Jean Espirat)
Porte Hugon, (West), from the outside (© Jean Espirat)
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Porte Saint-Martial, (East side), from the outside (© J.E)
Porte Saint-Martial, (East side), from the outside (© J.E)
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Panorama Est, from the Basilica (© Jean Espirat)
Panorama Est, from the Basilica (© Jean Espirat)
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View over the rooftops from the basilica (© J.E)
View over the rooftops from the basilica (© J.E)
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The grand staircase (© Jean Espirat)
The grand staircase (© Jean Espirat)
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The grand staircase, seen from the upper landing (© Jean Espirat)
The grand staircase, seen from the upper landing (© Jean Espirat)
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The grand interior staircase (© Jean Espirat)
The grand interior staircase (© Jean Espirat)
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Door of the Fig tree (© Jean Espirat)
Door of the Fig tree (© Jean Espirat)
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Entrance to the Sanctuary (© Jean Espirat)
Entrance to the Sanctuary (© Jean Espirat)
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Inner courtyard of the sanctuary (© Jean Espirat)
Inner courtyard of the sanctuary (© Jean Espirat)
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Altar of the Basilica (© Jean Espirat)
Altar of the Basilica (© Jean Espirat)
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Arcatures of the roof of the basilica (© Jean Espirat)
Arcatures of the roof of the basilica (© Jean Espirat)
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The organ of the Basilica (© Jean Espirat)
The organ of the Basilica (© Jean Espirat)
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Chapel of the Black Virgin (© Jean Espirat)
Chapel of the Black Virgin (© Jean Espirat)
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Eastern exit tunnel of the sanctuary (© J.E)
Eastern exit tunnel of the sanctuary (© J.E)
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Stained glass window of the Chapel of the Virgin (© Jean Espirat)
Stained glass window of the Chapel of the Virgin (© Jean Espirat)
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Explanatory panel (© Jean Espirat)
Explanatory panel (© Jean Espirat)
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Explanatory panel (© Jean Espirat)
Explanatory panel (© Jean Espirat)
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