Rocamadour is a nice little town in South-Western France. The city is buildt in a gorge, overlooking by 150m the Alzou Canyon, and the view is really astonishing.
There is 631 inhabitants and they mainly earn a living thanks to tourism. Indeed, 1.5 millions people get to visit the place every year. Can you believe it’s almost 2400 tourist by inhabitant? Visitors come here for 2 reasons.
First of all, the city has a huge history, spanning back to 1112. Rocamadour was erected during the XII century and the three layers of the town reflect the three orders of medevial society : Knights on the top, into the castle; Religious clergy in the middle, in the chapels and the basilic; and finally, working class on the bottom, close to the river.
Secondly, the place has been a site of pilgrimages for the last 800 years and still is. Tradition says that the pilgrims must climb, kneeling, the 216 steps that go all the way up to Notre Dame de Rocamadour, to finally pray in front of the Black Madonna. Every year, many pilgrims come from many countries to join their prayers with those of Henry II, Blanche of Castille, Louis IX, Charles IV and so much more.
This place is trully incredible. You can hang around in the city and find new stuff around every corner. If you are in France, close to Toulouse, don’t hesitate and make the trip to see this magical place.
Finally, if you get there, don’t forget to taste the small goat’s milk cheese that was named after the city : Le Rocamadour!! Bon appétit! ;D