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RRocamadour attracts visitors because of its beautiful setting in a gorge above a tributary of the River Dordogne, for its historical monuments and its sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In addition to being the destination of a pilgrimage itself, it was a stop on the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. The town is below a complex of monastic buildings and pilgrimage churches which in turn is below the château. The legend supposed to explain the origin of this town was disseminated in the The Miracles of Our Lady of Rocamadour, written in 1172. It was an example of books of collected miracles which had a wide audience in the Middle Ages. According to legend, Rocamadour is named after the founder of the ancient sanctuary, Saint Amator. He is identified with the Biblical Zacheus, the tax collector of Jericho mentioned in Luke 19:1-10. Saint Amator died and was buried in Rocamadour. The origin of Rocamadour is actually lost in antiquity. After the Middle Ages, Rocamadour, was almost deserted. In the mid-19th century, the zeal and activity of the bishops of Cahors revived the town and pilgrims and tourists are beginning to visit there again. An alleged fragment of Durandal, the sword of Roland is in Rocamadour.
For the least exertion, park at the top of the gorge and take the cable car that is inside of the rock face to the church / monastery level. Then walk to the village level. There is an elevator from the town back up to the church / monastery level and you can take the cable car back to the top.
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