Religious interest, historical, beautiful architecture, and spectacular views
too crowded after 10am, especially in high season
Completely rebuilt in 1868, the former abbey palace architecture obeys a troubadour style, very popular during the nineteenth century. It is surmounted by a tall tower pepper to Viollet-le-Duc. Inside, the Museum of Sacred Art is home to a Bible of the sixteenth century incunabula.more
According to legend, St. Amadour, a witness to the martyrdom of St. Paul and St. Peter, traveled to the location and took up hermitage following his wife's death. The story might be part myth and part history, but the legend, beloved of locals, adds toRocamadour's charm and magic.more
Over the ensuing centuries the crypt of St. Amadour and the chapel of the Black Virgin underwent periods of prosperity and decline. In 1562 the chapel was pillaged and burnt by the Protestants, and the body of St. Amadour was destroyed. Reconstruction of the shrine began in the 1800’s and through it all, the statue of the Black Virgin remained...more
The Chapelle de Notre-Dame is immediately adjacent to the Basilique St-Saveur. Above the door leading to the chapel is an iron sword that, according to legend, belonged to Roland. Inside, the chapel is devoted almost exclusively to the venerated Black Madonna statue.more
A cluster of chapels and churches high on a rocky plateau. And to going up I need to climb a stairway of 216 weathered steps. Even today, devout pilgrims make the climb on their knees in penance. Along the way are 14 Stations of the Cross culminating in the Cross of Jerusalem at the top. There is also an elevator from the lower town (Basse Ville).more
At the back of the balcony off the Parvis, against the steep rock face is the Tomb of St.-Amadour. The body was destroyed during the Religious Wars in 1562 but this is still a venerated site. To the right is an accoladed Renaissance doorway that enters the Chapel of the Virgin. Jutting out from the rock face at the level of the shield above the...more
The 19C Chateau was built upon the remains of a 14C fort and is privately owned (fee), but open to the public. We did not go in. The parking area was near the church and admission to the ramparts was free. It is here that one has the superb views of the gorge, the town and the environs. It is best to take in the views after you are familiar with...more
The town of Rocamadour (pop. 800) stretches out in a linear fashion, N>S, along its one very narrow street (r. Roland-le-Preux becomes r. de la Couronnerie) as it sits on a shelf on the west wall of the gorge, with the small Alzou river at its bottom. In the south end of town (the oldest part) it is paralleled by a still older street (r. de la...more
The vista from the belvedere allows one to vizualize the town below. Like any townscape, it is more satisfying if you have walked the town first. (Why do so many people rush to go up the Eiffel tower when they have not yet see Paree?). Of course the view of the gorge and the causse are impressive with l'Hospitalet 2 km off to the north and if you...more
The Calvary is the name given to a winding path between the Chateau level and the Parvis. Along the way are also grottoes and a large Cross for devotions of the pilgrims. The Stations are polychrome statuary scenes lodged in protective small chapels with the typical iconography.more
The Palace of the Bishops of Tulle is the remaining building on the Place. Its base is in the Pl. des Senhais which is a large terrace with shops, hotels and a restaurant and leads down some steps into the rest of the town (r. de la Mercerie). It has been much restored but still shows its defensive elements with a corner pepper pot tower, covered...more
The two colorful 12C frescos and the fragment below are worthy examples of very early large religious paintings before Giotto. They appear to derives from Byzantine models on reliquaries or illuminations. The picture on the left has a gracious Mary receiving the Annunciation and on the right her meeting with Elizabeth. Below it is a sketch, lightly...more
The Basilica of St. Savior is the largest of the Rocamadour religious buildings. It was built over the 11-13 C and is a Gothic building with Romaneque elements persisting. The chancel was moved after a rock slide did damage and today it has a two naved , three bay pattern looking like a large hall. The windows are on the Place side. The altar is...more
Route De Payrac, Rocamadour, Midi-Pyrenees, 46500, France
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Belveyre, Rocamadour, 46500, France
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Place de L'Europe, Rocamadour, Midi-Pyrenees, 46500, France
Good for: Families
The restaurant is mainly sited on the terrace outside of the Hotel Sainte-Marie. The food was of good quality and the price not above what we expected in a tourist trap given the town and the stupendous view while dining on the terrace. It was not high season yet. Maybe they raise the prices later in the season.
Favorite Dish: Local dishes and local wine.
Car is the easiest way to get around Lot, and certainly the easiest way of getting to Rocamadour. It's about 30 minutes off the A20 toll motorway Paris-Toulouse - and it took us about 2 hours in total to drive there from the Toulouse Blagnac airport. Once you get off the motorway, it is a lovely bendy road which makes for an excellent road trip (if...more
We parked our car in the designated area at the top of the gorge next to a church and the ramparts. The road led about 3 km from the town of L'Hospitalet. (We had been staying at Gramat). You are directed to the belvedere from which there are complete views of the valley below and almost all of its structures and environs. One can also see the...more
The "Ascenseur Incline" is the fastest way to get from the town level up to the Belvedere near the parking area and to the Castle. When we took it, the fee was outrageous. We have not found the rate on the internet.(Why do they not mention it on the web site?) There is now a navette that goes up and down (2.5 euro each way, every 15 minutes?). Any...more
In the central street , 'rue de la cremerie' , a short text describes the daily life condition in this spot .
Feel free to check out the photo with the french text
We arrived by car at Rocamadour, and what do we find..........
No where to park the car. The narrow street's are full of Car's parked on the roadside, and stretch for quite a long way. We parked the car along with the many others.
What we didn't know then, was there is a large carpark on top of the hill at the Chateau.
Park the car there, then walk down the hill and catch the elevator back up the hill, [or walk]
If you park on the road edge, where we had to, down the bottom of the hill, then you need to walk up the hill to catch the elevator. Not the best for elderly or people with leg problem's!
Another option is the Petit Train that leaves from the valley and takes you to the medieval village. It does a return trip every 15 minutes.
Please check the website for details, as it doesn't begin until 10am, so before that, you will have to walk.
FARE IN 2011/2012 .....Adult 3.50....Child 2 euros a return trip.
Padirac is a small Village with some famous Cave's. You really need to look at the website to see if you want to go, to me, they look excellent, but once again, was disappointed no photo's are allowed.The village itself is lovely and old, with many interesting building's and a Chateau. I just wandered around and enjoyed it.Padirac is located about...more
Located just 12kms away from Rocamadour, is another lovely Chateau, situated on the edge of a high cliff.It is the 11th centruy fortress, Chateau de Belcastel, which was restored in 1970.IT HAS HAD QUITE A LIFE!It all began in the 9th Century, when a Chapel was built by the villager's, and then in the following centuries, it was added to and became...more
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