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Rocamadour

Medieval sanctuary and town
Tourism

Rocamadour is an extraordinary medieval town due to its atypical configuration on the flank of the cliff. Listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site, it is situated 5 hours from Paris and 4 hours from Lyon.

Rocamadour reveals its medieval treasures on three levels: its chateau, its sanctuary and the medieval town. These three levels reflect the three orders of the society of the time: the noblemen high up in the chateau, the clergymen in the middle and the working laymen below near the river. In the 12th century the first miracle was announced and the pilgrimage to the Virgin Mary attracted crowds.

To reach the sanctuary from the village the pilgrims climbed up the 216 steps on their knees. The name of the village comes from a certain Amadour who was proclaimed a saint after the miracle of the preservation of his body. The sanctuary became known throughout Europe and drew important people such as King Henry II who came to give thanks and praise to the Virgin for healing him.

Today Rocamadour is a halt on the way to Santiago de Compostela, welcoming both pilgrims and the visitors who are curious to discover a beautiful medieval town.

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