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Rocamadour is a city in France.
Only accessible by one road which travels through the town.
A tourist train rides around the village, but it only goes part of the way up and the village is so small you can easily walk.
The town itself is built on the face of a cliff with a large number of buildings cantilevered over the edge. This strange arrangement was the result of the discovery of a body in a nook in the cliff face during the height of the Dark Ages. Perfectly preserved, the locals came to the conclusion that it was the body of St. Zacheus who was the man who wiped Jesus' face as he carried the cross. Clearly, finding the body of an 1100 year old Saint perfectly preserved was declared a miracle and Rocamadour became a pilgrimage site. Over the ages, churches were added to the site, but their age chronicles the development of Christianity. Besides all the wonderful churches whose total lack of Gothic influence will stretch your definition of how a church should look, there is also the Black Madonna. A unique depiction of the Virgin Mary with Jesus. First of all both are depicted black, which is unique for a culture that would have viewed black as bad. Also the child Jesus is not depicted as an infant as is normally the case. Rather he is depicted as a toddler. Clearly they didn't know how things "should" be done, but back then they were still grappling with this new religion.
Take a balloon ride over the Dordogne Valley
Bicycle the valley
Walk around the historic town
Visit the falconry centre and watch the displays featuring kites, eagles, vultures and owls
The Best Western Beau Site (set menu: €35) is the best place to eat in town.