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SAM 1284 800Rocamadour was a dependency of the abbey of Tulle to the north in the Bas Limousin. aanbieding racamadour 300The buildings of Rocamadour (from ròca, cliff, and sant Amador) rise in stages up the side of a cliff on the right bank of the Alzou, which here runs between rocky walls 120 metres (390 ft) in height. SAM 1310 500Flights of steps ascend from the lower town to the churches, a group of massive buildings half-way up the cliff. The chief of them is the pilgrimage church of Notre Dame (rebuilt in its present configuration from 1479), containing the cult image at the center of the site's draw, a wooden Black Madonna reputed to have been carved by Saint Amator (Amadour) himself. The small Benedictine community continued to reserve to itself the use of the small twelfth-century church of Saint-Michel, above and to the side. Below, the pilgrimage church opens onto a terrace where pilgrims could assemble, called the Plateau of St Michel, where there is a broken sword said to be a fragment of Durandal, once wielded by the hero Roland. SAM 1312 500The interior walls of the church of St Sauveur are covered, with paintings and inscriptions recalling the pilgrimages of celebrated persons. The subterranean church of St Amadour (1166) extends beneath St Sauveur and contains relics of the saint. On the summit of the cliff stands the château built in the Middle Ages to defend the sanctuaries.

  

History

A legend supposed to explain the origin of this pilgrimage has given rise to controversies between critical and traditional schools, especially in recent times. A vehicle by which the legend was disseminated and pilgrims drawn to the site was The Miracles of Our Lady of Rocamadour, written ca. 1172, an example of the miracula, or books of collected miracles, which had such a wide audience in the Middle Ages. SAM 1317 500According to the founding legend, Rocamadour is named after the founder of the ancient sanctuary, Saint Amator, identified with the Biblical Zacheus, the tax collector of Jericho mentioned in Luke 19:1-10, and the husband of St. Veronica, who wiped Jesus' face on the way to Calvary. Driven out of Palestine by persecution, St. Amadour and Veronica embarked in a frail skiff and, guided by an angel, landed on the coast of Aquitaine, where they met Bishop St. Martial, another disciple of Christ who was preaching the Gospel in the south-west of Gaul. After journeying to Rome, where he witnessed the martyrdoms of St. Peter and St. Paul, Amadour, having returned to France, on the death of his spouse, withdrew to a wild spot in Quercy where he built a chapel in honour of the Blessed Virgin, near which he died a little later.This account, like most other similar legends, does not make its first appearance till long after the age in which the chief actors are deemed to have lived. SAM 1324 400The name of Amadour occurs in no document previous to the compilation of his Acts, which on careful examination and on an application of the rules of the cursus to the text cannot be judged older than the 12th century. It is now well established that Saint Martial, Amadour's contemporary in the legend, lived in the 3rd not the 1st century, and Rome has never included him among the members of the Apostolic College. The mention, therefore, of St. Martial in the "Acts of St. Amadour" would alone suffice, even if other proof were wanting, to prove them doubtful. The untrustworthiness of the legend has led some recent authors to suggest that Amadour was an unknown hermit or possibly St. Amator, Bishop of Auxerre, but this is mere hypothesis, without any historical basis. SAM 1338 700

The origin of the sanctuary of Rocamadour, lost in antiquity, is thus set down along with fabulous traditions which cannot bear up to sound criticism. After the religious manifestations of the Middle Ages, Rocamadour, as a result of war and the French Revolution, had become almost deserted. In the mid-nineteenth century, owing to the zeal and activity of the bishops of Cahors, it seems to have revived.Rocamadour is classed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO as part of the St James’ Way pilgrimage route

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Wine

1 Wineroute right riverbank - Saint Emilion & Pomerol

For several millennia they are producing excellent wine in this region. There are very famous chateaux like Petrus (Pomerol), Ozone, Cheval Blanc, Figeac, Canon, Anzhelyus Clos Furte (Saint Emilion) and many others.The program includes a visit (with wine) wine chateau classified Grand Cru St. Emilion and Pomerol.Perhaps a visit to the small wine chateau, familiarity with simple winemakers. Small sightseeing tour of the city itself Saint Emilion. In the old courtyard of the monastery of the 14th century, you can taste local sparkling wine, which is made by technology of sparkling wines. A few kilometers from Saint Emilion is a "clearing of the Druids," and a huge boulder - a place of sacrifice. In this area we find good village restaurants and delicatessens.Nearby there is an ancient mill and winepress for grapes. 5-10 hours

2 Wineroute left riverbank - Medoc region

It was here, in 1855, that they made the first classification of Bordeaux wines.The capital of the wine region - the city of Pauillac. The city is situated on the bank of the river Gironde, gave its name to the department. In this area are the famous chateaux : Mouton Rothschild, Margaux, Latour, Lafite Rothschild, Beychevelle, Lynch Bages, Zhiskur, Léoville Barton, Kirwan and others. We offer sightseeing tours to these famous chateaux and visits with tastings in the classified grand cru chateaux. 5-8 hours

3 Wineroute Sauternes, Barsac & gravel

On the way to Sauternes might be a sightseeing tour of the wine therapy "and source code» (Les Sources De Caudalie) Sauternes is made from grapes, untouched by "noble rot." That she appeared on the grapes need unique climatic and weather conditions. The result is a very fragrant liqueur wine, with the smell of honey and flowers. The most famous of Sauternes - Château Yquem (Châteaud'Yquem). In this region, also produce excellent red and white dry wines. It is interesting to explore the medieval chateau chateau Roquetaillade, where lived Queen Margot. You can visit the wine chateaux of Sauternes and gravel and taste this wonderful drink. Visits with tastings offer Château La Tour Blanche, Pape Clement, Gravas, Haut Brion 6-10 hours

4 Wineroute Burg & Bligh

It is a lovely strong wine. Different from the rest of Bordeaux wines that, in them, in large numbers, there is a grape variety Malbec. Visit Citadel Bligh with a magnificent view over the estuary of the Gironde. Vauban was built by order of King Louis the 14th .. Well preserved ramparts and barracks. Nearby is the cave non Per Per, where people lived more than 50 thousand years ago. Original rock carvings of animals, age 26,000 years Coutet, Guiraud and others. 6-8 hours

Brandy

5 A visit to Cognac

Visits with tastings: cognachouses Remy Martin, Hennessy, Martell, Otar, Camus etc. It is also possible to visit the small cognac producers - only there you can taste unique brandies and Pinot. City tour of Cognac. You can compose your own VIP tour, tasting of selected cognacs. 8-10 hours

6 Discover Armagnac

Armagnac is France's premier brandy, not only because it was the first but also because it is the preference of true connoisseurs. And while armagnac is often compared to its closest relative cognac, the two brandies are distinctly different. You visit the producers of Armagnac, look at the house of d'Artagnan, see the places and the history of which is accociated with the Templars. 8-12 hours

History

7 Tour of the Dordogne

The medieval fairytale city-museum of Sarlat-la-Caneda. Weser Valley - home troglodytes -Rok Christophe Lascaux cave with rock paintings, which are more than 17 thousand years. A gourmet - a land of Foie Gras, the famous Perigord duck and goat cheese. 8-12 hours

8 Medieval castles in the Dordogne

Kastelno, Comarca, Beynac. Sarlat-la -Kaneda, dwelling troglodytes. 8-12 hours

9 Pilgrimage city on the rock - Rocamadour

The road passes through the most beautiful places of the Dordogne. Padirac underground lakes, boat trips on the underground river. Perhaps a visit to a goat and (or) a duck farm. 8-10 hours

10 A visit to the Atlantic coast

A sightseeing tour of Arcachon, a trip to the highest dune in Europe - Dune of Pyla, visit an oyster stolitsy- Gujan-Mestras. Tasting the freshest oysters in fishing lodges. Visiting the Museum of oysters. 5-8 hours

Bordeaux

11 A Bordeaux city walking tour with a guide 3 - 4 hours

 

 

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