Rocamadour, the village on the cliff


Occitanie Dordogne ValleySpiritual TourismCultural Heritage

Lot Tourisme / C.Pélaprat
© Lot Tourisme / C.Pélaprat

Reading time: 0 minPublished on 4 January 2023, updated on 16 April 2024

Venerable shrine of Christianity since the Middle Age, renowned unanimously as a “Exceptional Grand Site” of Occitanie region, Rocamandour attracts 1.5 million visitors every year.

Defying the laws of gravity, this city is gripped to the rocks forming a spectacular superposition of brown roofs, houses, and churches. From the castle that isdominating this “audacious scaffold”, we can distinguish a 150m high cliff and at its bottom, the Alzou River.

Listed as UNESCO WORLD heritage

Listed as UNESCO WORLD heritage thanks to its belonging to the roads of St-Jacques de Compostelle, the Basilic and the crypt of Saint-Amadour can also be visited, but only to those brave enough to climb the 216 stairs that separate them from the rest. The “Chapelle miraculeuse” (miraculous chapel) is one of the 7 other chapels built within the rock itself. It hides the biggest treasure: the Black virgin, venerated for more than 1000 years.


Office de tourisme Vallé de la Dordogne Cour du Prieuré 46110 Carennac


The magazine of the destination unravels an unexpected France that revisits tradition and cultivates creativity. A France far beyond what you can imagine…

See more