La Clef des Vignes


In the heart of Haut-Quercy, the village of Rocamadour clings on to a 150 metre high cliff overlooking the Alzou valley.

Rocamadour, known as the « citadelle de la Foi » (citadel of faith) is also a popular tourist attraction and one of the most visited in France with over 1.5 million visitors a year, not far behind the Mont Saint Michel, the Eiffel Tower and Chateau de Versailles.

This medieval city and winding streets are protected by a series of fortified gates (Salmon gate, Cailière, hôpital, figuier). A staircase that pilgrims climbed on their knees, leads to sancturies where you will find Saint Sauveur basilica, Saint-Amadour crypt (listed a world heritage site), the chapels of Saint Anne , Saint-Blaise , Saint Jean-Baptiste, Notre Dame (home to the Black Virgin) and Saint Michel. This ensemble is dominated by the palace of the bishops of Tulle 1.

A station of the cross leads to the château and cross of Jerusalem. There is also a viewpoint here.