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The site of this gravity-defying village rises abruptly across the landscape. Its single street, lined with souvenir shops, runs along the side of a steep hill. The main event is getting from the lower town (Basse Ville) to the town’s Cité Réligieuse, a cluster of chapels and churches halfway up the cliff. The main way of getting there is a narrow street/staircase that loops and twists its way upward, called the Chemin de la Croix (Stations of the Cross). This was the route medieval penitents used to make their way to the sacred chapel—the most penitent did it on their knees.

For the unrepentant, and others who are loath to negotiate the town’s steep inclines, the town maintains two elevators. One goes from Basse Ville to Cité Réligieuse, midway up the rocky heights of Rocamadour. The ride costs 2€ one-way, 3€ round-trip. The other goes from Cité Réligieuse to the panoramic medieval ramparts near the hill’s summit; it costs 2.50€ one-way, 4€ round-trip. A tourist train also trundles up and down at regular intervals from April to September, for 2.50€ one-way, 3.50€ round-trip.

 

For a superb view, climb or ride up to the Château de Rocamadour, which perches on a rock spur high above the town center. It was built in the 14th century and restored by the local bishops in the 19th century. Its interior is off-limits, but you can walk along its panoramic ramparts (admission: 2€), which open at 8am daily year-round and stay open until dusk. Note: You must buy your entrance ticket at a machine; be sure to have exact change, or you will have made the trip up for nothing.

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