Places of Interest nearby
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In Rocamadour, you can see the alleged fragment of Durandal, the sword of Charlemagne’s paladin Roland in the literary cycle known as the Matter of France. According to Ludovico Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso it once belonged to Hector of Troy, and was given to Roland by Malagigi (Maugris). The name probably comes from the French verb “durer”, “to endure”. In The Song of Roland, the sword is said to contain within its golden hilt one tooth of Saint Peter, blood of Saint Basil, hair of Saint Denis, and a piece of the raiment of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Rocamadour is one of the most visited spots of France. And there is plenty of reason for a visit. It has a setting in a gorge above a tributary of the River Dordogne. Pilgrims have been visiting this spot for centuries because of the sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The place gives its name also to Rocamadour, a small goat’s milk cheese.
View on Rocamadour.