The Sanctuaries

  • Chapelle Notre Dame - détail

  • Chapelle Notre Dame de Rocamadour

  • La Vierge Noire - Chapelle Notre Dame

  • Basilique Saint Sauveur

  • Esplanade des Sanctuaires

  • Esplanade des Sanctuaires - détail

  • Basilique Saint Sauveur - détail

Rocamadour is first and foremost a place of devotion, dedicated to Saint Amadour and the Blessed Virgin Mary. The town’s rich heritage includes the sanctuaries and the famed statue of the Black Madonna.

The Pilgrims’ Staircase leads to the Sanctuaries of Rocamadour on the esplanade at the top of the steps.

A city clinging to the rocks

Seemingly glued to the rocks, successfully defying the laws of gravity, the Saint-Sauveur Basilica and the chapels are open all year round to pilgrims and other visitors.

Rocamadour owes its fame to the pilgrimage. Its history goes back a thousand years, when the first hermits settled in a vast shelter under the overhanging rocks. In 1166, the miraculously preserved body of Saint Amadour was discovered at the place where the Sanctuaires now are.

The site has always been dedicated to the cult of Maria and in the “chapelle de Notre-Dame” you can admire the Black Madonna. This statue of the Black Virgin is also called Notre Dame de Rocamadour and was sculpted from two pieces of wood. The child was glued to its left knee.

The Book of Miracles

According to the Book of Miracles, written in 1172, Our Lady of Rocamadour healed the sick, set prisoners free, saved sailors and also protected people during wars.


Firmly planted in the rocks overhanging the sanctuaries you will see Durandal, the famous sword of Charlemagne’s paladin Roland. In the twelfth century, the monks of Rocamadour claimed that Roland had thrown the sword in the air to prevent it from falling in the hands of the Saracens and it ended up in the rock above the shrine of St Amadour. Another of Rocamadour’s many miracles. 

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