Today we visit the small town of Rocamadour the home of the Black Madonna. A nine o'clock pick up and we're on our way. It take an hour to get there.
Rocamadour already enjoyed European fame as evidenced by the 12th-century book Livre des Miracles written by a monk from the sanctuary and received many pilgrims. In 1159, Henry II of England, husband of Eleanor of Aquitaine, came to Rocamadour to thank the Virgin for her healing.In 1166, wanting to bury a resident, they discovered an intact body, presented as that of Saint Amadour. Rocamadour had found its saint. At least four stories, more or less tinged with legend, presented Saint Amadour as being close to Jesus.
Rocamadour is a small clifftop village in south-central France. It is known for the Cité Réligieuse complex of religious buildings, accessed via the Grand Escalier staircase. It includes the Chapelle Notre-Dame, with its Black Madonna statue, and the Romanesque-Gothic Basilica of St-Sauveur. La Forê
In 1317, the monks left Rocamadour. The site was then administered by a chapter of canons appointed by the bishop. In the fourteenth century, a cooling climate, famines, epidemics like the Black Death ravaged Europe.
In 1427, reconstruction was started, but without financial or human resources. A huge rock crushed the Notre-Dame chapel which was rebuilt in 1479 by Denys de Bar, Bishop of Tulle.
There are approximately 617 residents still abiding Rocamadour.
This town was a lot more interesting then yesterday even though they came from the same era.
Today is our last in Sarlat we more back to Bordeaux ,so we will met again there.
love to all
Shirley and John