Understanding

  • Rocamadour : au coeur du Parc Naturel des Causses du Quercy

  • La Vierge Noire - Notre Dame de Rocamadour

Pilgrimage

A pilgrimage is a journey undertaken by a believer to a place of devotion, a place held sacred by his or her religion or beliefs. -wikipédia.

Throughout the ages and still today, thousands of pilgrims make their way to Rocamadour

Written sources from the 11th century describe the pilgrimage site of Notre Dame de Rocamadour, known for its miracles, as the third Christian pilgrims’ site in the world, after Jerusalem and Rome.

Basilica

Honorary title accorded by the pope to a particularly well frequented church - wikipédia

Jubilee

On June 10th, 1913, Pope St Pie X elevated the church of St Sauveur (St Saviour) to the rank of minor basilica, in recognition of the vocation and the influence of the sanctuaries of Our Lady of Rocamadour (Notre Dame de Rocamadour) in the Catholic Church.

The Black Madonna

Legend has it that Saint Amadour, Rocamadour’s first hermit, sculpted a statue of the Virgin Mary. The statue currently worshipped in the Notre-Dame Chapel is said to have succeeded it in the 12th century. Nine centuries later, pilgrims still come to confide in Our Lady of Rocamadour. What can this little statue teach us, this subject of veneration at the heart of the Sanctuary?

How did the Black Madonna of Rocamadour get her colour?

This Madonna statue was made out of walnut wood, which is naturally dark and has a tendency to become darker over the centuries. For a long time, she was kept in a cave, and later in a little chapel where pilgrims came to burn candles: it’s possible that, in the long term, the smoke and soot blackened her. We know that the statue was covered with silver plates to give her splendour. This precious metal blackens through oxidation. These are some of the hypotheses explaining the dark colour of the Black Madonna.

Saint Amadour

At the burial of a nobleman from the village in 1166, the corpse of Saint Amadour was discovered, intact, on the threshold of the Chapelle de Notre Dame.

Saint James Way

Trail from Figeac to Rocamadour 

The route is well signposted from Figeac’s pretty town centre and the time needed is about four to five days: two to three days to walk from Figeac to Rocamadour (the GR 6 long distance hiking trail) and two days from Rocamadour to Cahors (GR 46), only one day more than the direct route.

The trail is beautiful, almost completely asphalt-free. Arriving from the Alzou valley at the foot of the holy city will be one of the highlights of your journey.

Click here for a detailed description of this trail, with information about accommodation along the way... 

 

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