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Rocamadour - I

Posted by
: Helen : (who is currently photographing in, Australia) on 25 October 2014 in Landscape & Rural.

*** NEW SERIES ***

I invite you to join me in another series.

This time we are to investigate a small picturesque village, Rocamadour, buried deep in the French country-side of Quercy.

Perched on a cliff rising out of the river canyon Alzou or the 'Dark Valley', this small town is the centre of many curiosities, intrigues, cults and legends. The village itself lies in the shadows of the medieval fortress and cathedral that now form part of the UNESCO World Heritage site that includes all sites along the pilgrimage route of Saint James or St Jean de Compostelle.

The name itself, Rocamadour, is steeped in legend. It takes its name from Saint Amadour coupled with Roc (rock).

Saint Amadour supposedly founded this religious site in the first century. Whilst legends and theories abound, there is no verified evidence of the origins. The first documented mention can be found in a book 'The Miracles of Our Lady of Rocamadour' written around 1172 A.D.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III 1/80 second F/4.5 ISO 100 75 mm

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Jean Louis from Nîmes, France

Un village que je connais bien !!
Magnifique !!!

25 Oct 2014 7:24am

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

oh this is fabulous! to imagine living on this rock, never heard if that place before!

25 Oct 2014 8:58am

michel creze from le havre, France

Belle composition et belle couleurs malgré une météo visiblement maussade !

Nice composition and beautiful colors despite a visibly poor weather!

25 Oct 2014 9:32am

delaram from Tehran, Iran

wooooooooooow

very niiiiiiiiiiice

25 Oct 2014 2:38pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Such a beautiful and interesting place.

26 Oct 2014 1:23am

L'Angevine from Angers, France

belle vue

26 Oct 2014 8:11am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

What a lovely introduction to this mysterious place . . it does look to hold many secrets !

26 Oct 2014 9:35am

Steyners from Portland, United States

Brilliant .. thanks for bringing this series ..!!

1 Nov 2014 1:26pm