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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.
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