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Rocamadour

Rocamadour is on the eastern edge of the area, across the border from the Dordogne into the Lot department. Each year the small village of Rocamadour (population around 600), in the Parc Naturel Régional des Causses du Quercy, receives more than a million visitors. Why so popular?

Firstly because Rocamadour is an important pilgrimage destination, and has been for 1000 years. Built on the site of a shrine to a Madonna, the shrine became famous for its healing powers, and soon became a stop on the pilgrimage path to Santiago de Campostela

The second reason is because of the beautiful and dramatic setting of the village, climbing up a cliff side.
R001.  The first sight of the village on the narrow road.
R001. The first sight of the village on the narrow road.
R002. A closer view as you climb down road to the large carpark
R002. A closer view as you climb down road to the large carpark
R003. A zoom in to the Church and the Château on the top of the hill
R003. A zoom in to the Church and the Château on the top of the hill
R004.Over the roof tops, showing the road we came down
R004.Over the roof tops, showing the road we came down
R005.Another view over the roofs
R005.Another view over the roofs
R006. Some of the steps up to the Church, there were many.
R006. Some of the steps up to the Church, there were many.
R007. View across the valley.
R007. View across the valley.
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R009. View down the valley
R009. View down the valley
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R012.Part of the Church which is built in to the rock.
R012.Part of the Church which is built in to the rock.
R013. A small Chapel, entrance leads into the rock face.
R013. A small Chapel, entrance leads into the rock face.
R014.  This shows how the buildings are part of the hill they are built into.
R014. This shows how the buildings are part of the hill they are built into.
R015.One of the towers on the Church.
R015.One of the towers on the Church.
R016. The roof of the Church and the closeness of the rock in the hillside.
R016. The roof of the Church and the closeness of the rock in the hillside.
R017.  An ornate doorway into the Church.
R017. An ornate doorway into the Church.
R018.  Part of the Church building.
R018. Part of the Church building.
R019. The Château on top of the hill
R019. The Château on top of the hill
R020.  The Château viewed from the main street of the village
R020. The Château viewed from the main street of the village
R021.A close view of the Château from the main street.
R021.A close view of the Château from the main street.
R022. Final view of Rocamadour from the car park.
R022. Final view of Rocamadour from the car park.