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Rocamadour, Lot, SW France by Bob Culshaw

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Rocamadour was a dependency of the abbey of Tulle to the north in the Bas Limousin. The 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 400 ft. in height. Flights 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 the use of the small twelfth-century church of Saint-Michel, above and to the side. Below, the pilgrimage church opens on to 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. The 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.Famous pilgrims include:-

  • Roland
  • Eleanor of Aquitaine
  • Henry II of England
  • Blanche of Castile
  • Louis IX of France
  • Charles IV of France
  • Louis XI of France

It was also an important stage on the Pilgrimage to the alledged relic of St James at Santiago de Compostella in NE Spain.

A 3 frame HDR image -2,0,+2 EV, Canon 400D, Canon EF-S 17-85 IS USM lens at 17mm, ISO 100, f22. Processed in Photomatix 3.2 and CS3.

Taken on a cloudy day, with occasional breaks of sun, in December 2007.

783 viewings and 24 favouritings at 28th November 2011


Featured in Eric and Jen’s Eyes Group 7th November 2009

Featured in the ‘Canon Photography Only’ Group December 2011



  • Malcolm Chant
    Malcolm Chantabout 5 years ago

    Gosh we were there back in June, great treatment you’ve done to this capture,


  • Thank you Malcolm, hope it brought back good memories of this fabulous place.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Anna Shaw
    Anna Shawabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful work Bob, – stunning colours and composition. A fave for sure.

  • Thank you Anna, I truly appreciate that. xx

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Antanas
    Antanasabout 5 years ago

    great work, well done

  • Thank you so much Antanas for you lovely comment.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • jacqleen
    jacqleenabout 5 years ago

    OMG………………Now, I really MISS France :(((( I LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE this image…
    your tones and treatment here is just FANTASTIC…………! a love for me :)

  • Thank you so much jacqleen for your truly lovely comments. Having lived in France for 6 years I miss it too, love the country and the people. I also appreciate how they preserve their heritage – Rocamadour is but one example.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • PSL1
    PSL1about 5 years ago

    Outstanding image. Great porcessing.

  • Thank you so much Peter, I truly appreciate you comments and favouriting.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • JohnGo
    JohnGoabout 5 years ago

    Lovely place and image.

  • Thank you so much John and for favouriting.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Leslie Nicole
    Leslie Nicoleabout 5 years ago

    Lovely! I’ve visited Rocamadour as well. Amazing place.

  • Thank you Leslie. I agree it is an amazing place.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • robarmstrong
    robarmstrongabout 5 years ago

    What a beautiful image! Excellent work.

  • Thank you Robert, i truly appreciate your comments.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Jayme Rutherford
    Jayme Rutherfordabout 5 years ago

    Fantastic capture!

  • Thank you so much Jayme, I truly appreciate your comment.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • redtree
    redtreeabout 5 years ago


  • Thank you so much for the comment – only 3 letters but very powerful, thank you.

    – Bob Culshaw

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