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“Absolutely magical at night”
Review of Cite Religieuse

Cite Religieuse
Ranked #1 of 18 things to do in Rocamadour
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Reviewed September 25, 2012

For us, Rocamadour was a convenient one night stopover on our round trip through France. We expected nothing more than a tourist trap, but after reading the book "Traveling with Pomegranates" which speaks of the place in glowing terms, I wanted to stay here after spending the day touring the prehistoric caves of the region.
We arrived in the evening. Staying in a hotel in Rocamadour (Terminus de Pelegrins which I recommend) allowed us to drive into town and park there. Our tiny rental car barely fit through the city gate with both mirrors folded up. By the time we had moved our stuff into our room and finished a late dinner, most of the day trip visitors had gone home and the touristy shops had closed. The churches and citadel were illuminated by flood lights. We went on a late night walk and climbed the steps up to the sanctuaries. We were basically the only people around, exploring the towers and turrets and stone steps. It was a magical experience. I am not entirely sure when the sanctuaries are supposed to be locked up, but at close to midnight we found a side door still open and curiously, we ventured inside. A lone pilgrim was still praying. Walking into the church felt like walking through a time portal into the middle ages. The empty church was only illuminated by a row of red and blue candles along the side aisles and on the altar in front of the black madonna. It was a sight I will never forget. Rocamadour was so much more than we had expected.
If you want to avoid the crush of tourists, I would recommend staying overnight to really experience the charm of Rocamadour.

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Reviewed September 14, 2012

We were camping in France and came across Rocamadour on our way through the Lot region. It is a place with so much to see. The restaurants are excellent and very friendly and the scenery is amazing. Access isn't as bad as it looks either as there is a lift and a cable car to get to the churches and the small town in the mountain. There is also an excellent tourist information centre there and good accommodation whether you are looking for hotel or camping.

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Reviewed September 12, 2012

i have read a few constructive reviews on the Cite and the town and would support most of them. Really worth seeing and if you are able to walk, parking at the top (Hotel de la Chateau) and walking both up and down to the town via the Cite is a good half day out.

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Reviewed August 30, 2012

Rocamadour is glued to the side of a rock face....like a limpet....or so it seems at first sight.
It's beautiful, busy and bold. I'm sure everyone has seen the photos, I had - but still wasn't prepared for the visual impact of this spectacular medieval village.
Assuming that you've arrived in your own transport...... I suggest if you come in from the east - via L'Hospitalet and park up near the tourist information office....you can see the whole panoramic setting of the town from a viewing point that is breathtaking. Then take a while to visit the old chapel that remains from the pilgrim's hospital , in it is a statue of the 'Black Virgin' ...the original being in the main village religious church high up on the cliffs.
From there it's either stay up on top and visit the main religious centre or drop down into the valley below , park alongside the trees, and it's a short walk into the very pretty shopping and restaraunt area. There is a lift to the top if required...... Go early or late to avoid the crowds .
Finally, still assuming that you have wheels, take the 10 mile/16 km journey to the town of Gramat, find the rail station and opposite is the excellent hotel and restaurant of the Le Relais Gourmands. It's well worth it for the well cooked and good value food served in pleasant surroundings by a wonderful owner and excellent staff.

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Reviewed August 22, 2012

We visited Rocamadour on the strength of other Trip advisor comments. I am so glad we did, but some reviews didn't do it justice. To just view the town from the bottom of the valley is breathtaking and worth the visit alone. There is plenty of parking at the bottom of the valley, but we drove back to the top and parked next to the Chateau. For 2 Euro you can walk along the remaining ramparts of the Chateau. Not too good for anyone disliking heights. From there we strolled down a windy incline down to the Cathedral, which is half built into the rock face. We then meandered through the town streets, which made me feel that I had gone back in time (apart from what the shops were selling). The buildings have scarcely been changed in the last few hundred years. After drinks and ice creams, we continued down to the bottom once more, then found the steps to take us back upto the town before again walking up the slopes back to the car park. There is also a little train for those who walking is difficult or tiring.

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