Rocamadour, a lovely village in the Lot department, France
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Rocamadour is a small clifftop village, set in a gorge above a tributary of the River Dordogne, in south-central France. It is known for the Cité Réligieuse complex of religious buildings, accessed via the Grand Escalier staircase, and especially for its sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Built on 3 successive levels, this medieval township with its one street is both a place of legend and history where old stone houses, majestic towers and a castle keep cascade off the cliff into the Alzou Canyon.
Sometime nicknamed “la cité du vertige” or “vertigo city” (because it looks down from a height of 120 m (394 ft) over the Alzou canyon), Rocamadour is one of the Grand Sites of France. It was also voted "the favourite village of the French 2016" by viewers of a French television channel.
Rocamadour is also classed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO as part of the "Way of Saint James" pilgrimage route. Built on the site of a shrine to a Madonna, the shrine became famous for its healing powers, and soon became a stop on the pilgrimage path to Santiago de Campostela. It has remained an icon of faith and hope throughout the centuries.