Rocamadour – not on our knees

We stop into Rocamadour on the way to Gouffre de Padirac. Sorry – I got this post mixed up.

Rocamadour is the second most visited pilgrimage site in France, next to Mont St. Michel. The buildings of Rocamadour (from ròca, cliff, and sant Amador) rise in stages up the side of a cliff on the right bank of the Alzou, which here runs between rocky walls 400 ft. in height. Flights of steps ascend from the lower town to the churches, a group of massive buildings half-way up the cliff. The chief of them is the pilgrimage church of Notre Dame (rebuilt in its present configuration from 1479), containing the cult image at the center of the site’s draw, a wooden Black Madonna reputed to have been carved by Saint Amator (Amadour) himself.

Devout pilgrims will crawl up these steps on their knees. Unfortunately for us, we are on a tight time line. Too bad, because I was wanting to do that… We eat lunch on the main street and then head out for our reservation at Gouffre de Padirac.

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