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SANCTUARY OF NOTRE DAME DE ROCAMADOUR

Hope as solid as the rock
Sanctuary

Halfway between Limoges and Toulouse, Rocamadour is an exceptional medieval town that has not lost any of its charm. Built on the side of the valley wall, the chateau, the sanctuary and the village form the three levels of the town. This site is listed by UNESCO as World Heritage.

A place of Catholic pilgrimage in France since the 10th century, the basilica of Saint Sauveur is dedicated to the Virgin Mary where she is called the “Black Virgin”. In the Middle Ages, Rocamadour was one of the most important pilgrimages in Europe, with Rome, the Mont Saint Michel and the Ways to Santiago de Compostela.

“Hope as solid as the rock” is the motto of this sanctuary of France. One can visit and discover the seven chapels, the statue of the Black Virgin and take advantage of the splendid view. The sanctuary is built on the rock above the village and as such one can admire the entire valley.

Pilgrims can do the Way of the Cross, pray at the basilica of Saint-Sauveur and in the chapel of the Black Virgin, emblem of this sanctuary.

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