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Rocamadour - the calvary near the castle
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This is a view of the calvary of Rocamadour (cross of Jerusalem).

Rocamadour (Rocamador in Occitan) is a commune in the Lot department in south-western France. It lies in the former province of Quercy.

Rocamadour has attracted visitors for its setting in a gorge above a tributary of the River Dordogne, and especially for its historical monuments and its sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which for centuries has attracted pilgrims from every country, among them kings, bishops, and nobles.
The town below the complex of monastic buildings and pilgrimage churches, traditionally dependent on the pilgrimage site and now on the tourist trade, lies near the river on the lowest slopes.

Reference : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rocamadour

The shot was taken in august 2012, in the end of the afternoon. Panorama made in HDR version (enfuse).

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