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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

At 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 array of secret rocks and brown roofs, the village is a prodigious overlay of houses and shrines: "The houses on the brook, the churches on the houses, the rock on the churches, the castle on the rock."

High place of Christianity since the Middle Ages, the medieval city offers many points of interest. Listed as UNESCO World Heritage, the shrines and in particular the chapel to the Black Virgin are offered to visitors after having climbed the 216 steps of the pilgrims' staircase. The shopping street of the city, lined with fortified gates, provides access to the Renaissance Town Hall, heart of this beautiful medieval city.

Coat of Arms: Three fleurs de lys d'Or on a background of Azure, and 3 rocks of chessboard on bottom of Maw (red) with the seals of the Consuls of Rocamadour of 1303.

AOC Rocamadour: AOC Rocamadour is a "pure goat cheese" made exclusively with raw whole milk, produced, processed and refined on the Appellation area in respect of tradition. It is creamy, unctuous and melting, revealing a smell of goat, cream or butter more or less pronounced with similar tastes. There is a thousand and one ways to taste the AOC Rocamadour: the Rocamadour is commonly enjoyed creamy, but, depending on taste, can be tasted dry, releasing more powerful aromas. Rocamadour can be stored in the bottom of the refrigerator or in a cool and humid place (around 10 ° C). Before eating, it is recommended to leave it for 1 hour at room temperature so that it regains its flavors and softness. The Rocamadour is a cheese that connoisseurs particularly appreciate because it pee: under his skin, we discover its creamy and temperature, its thin pearl skin.

The wines: The red Amadour (wine of the Lot country) is a pleasant wine to drink. Composed of 60% Merlot and 40% Malbec, its nose has great intensity and aromas of black fruits, morello cherry and spices. It is large in the mouth with fine tannins. It will be able to be kept 3 to 4 years. Pair with a Quercy salad, Quercy lamb or Rocamadour. The Amadour rosé (Lot wine), composed of Gamay, Merlot and Malbec, with aromas of white-fleshed fruits (pear, pineapple), acacia flowers and red fruits (cherry, raspberry), also seduces in the mouth by its size and freshness. Its quality was recognized at the Concours Général Agricole in Paris 2009 where the 2008 vintage was awarded the Gold Medal of the Lot Rosé Country Wines.

The foie gras: Close to Rocamadour, a farm raises each year 10,000 mule ducks for a production of foie gras and other regional specialties in the pure farm tradition and for the pleasure of gourmets.

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

The Quercy lamb: The Quercy Farmer lamb is the product of a terroir (Causses du Quercy), a breed (Caussenarde du Lot), and a know-how that allows to produce throughout of the year lambs of "100 days". Raised for a minimum of 70 days with his mother, supplemented with a cereal-based ration, this lamb is farmed in sheepfold in a traditional and ancestral way.

Goat Milk Soaps: Goat milk fat molecules are exceptionally fine and are therefore easily absorbed by the skin. Goat milk soaps are known for their antibacterial properties that 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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Rocamadour
Rocamadour
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Bottom view of Rocamadour from the rock
Bottom view of Rocamadour from the rock
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Nice view
Nice view
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Pretty little dovecote seen from across the rock of Rocamadour
Pretty little dovecote seen from across 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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Diving view on the courtyard of the sanctuary (© Jean Espirat)
Diving view on 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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Exterior street at the rampart, west side (© Jean Espirat)
Exterior street at the rampart, 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 in the Roc
Carved in the Roc
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Houses contiguous to the rock of Rocamadour
Houses contiguous 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), seen from the inside (© Jean Espirat)
Porte Hugon, (West), seen from the inside (© Jean Espirat)
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Porte Hugon, (West), seen from the outside (© Jean Espirat)
Porte Hugon, (West), seen from the outside (© Jean Espirat)
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Porte Saint-Martial, (East side), seen from the outside (© J.E)
Porte Saint-Martial, (East side), seen from the outside (© J.E)
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Eastern Panorama, from the basilica (© Jean Espirat)
Eastern Panorama, from the basilica (© Jean Espirat)
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View of the rooftops from the basilica (© J.E)
View of 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 large internal staircase (© Jean Espirat)
The large internal staircase (© Jean Espirat)
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Fig Tree Gate (© Jean Espirat)
Fig Tree Gate (© 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 Madonna (© Jean Espirat)
Chapel of the Black Madonna (© Jean Espirat)
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Tunnel East of the sanctuary (© J.E)
Tunnel East 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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