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Cite Religieuse, Rocamadour

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Set halfway up a cliff in the Alzou canyon, Cite Religieuse can be reached by walking up Grand Escalier stairway or by paying a nominal fee to take an elevator down. Visitors who take the elevator miss the landing 140 steps up, which has a fine view of this fort. At the top, see the 11th-century Place St. Amadour, paved with white stone and surrounded by 7 chapels set inside 12th-century buildings, including St. Sauveur Basilica, St. Amadour crypt, and the chapel of Notre-Dame, with its famous statue of the Black Madonna. Don’t miss the superbly intact frescoes from the 12th century in the Romanesque St. Michel chapel, which is built into the cliff face. Make Cite Religieuse part of your personalized Rocamadour itinerary using our Rocamadour vacation generator.
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  • This place is worth it just for the view alone. Since it is on three levels, I suggest parking at the top (Chateau level) and it's free. Don't pay the two euros for the Chateau view. Walk down via the...  more »
  • Spectacular view of the hilltop village built into the rock from points along the road approaching the site. We parked at the top by the castle ramparts where there was the option to take one lift dow...  more »
  • We wouldn't describe ourselves as religious but this was a magical and moving experience, to see the black Madonna and feel the centuries of pilgrims prayer was incredibly special. If you can stay in ...  more »
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  • Beautiful location in the middle of nowhere, worth a visit, the only setback the shops with absurd products.
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  • Clinging on to the quay and several churches, very beautiful. Even in the winter some people and open restaurants, hotels.
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  • In a word great! So beautiful and impressive.
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  • A big downside. On the square a tree trunk full of nails with nails and a hammer to participate in the cloutifiction. It's a good thing tomorrow is halloween. ...
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  • Very special place with its buildings huddled on the rock
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