Medieval door, Rocamadour, France

A photograph of the ancient medieval wooden door in the stone citadel fortress of the French town of Rocamadour, the most popular and famous tourist destination in France. The heavy wood door is fortified with beautiful decorative iron bars in a rustic medieval design. Rocamadour has attracted visitors for its dramatic and magnificent setting in a deep vertical gorge above a tributary of the beautiful River Dordogne, and especially for its historical monuments and its ancient 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 roman catholic churches, traditionally dependent on the pilgrimage site and now on the tourist trade, lies near the river on the lowest slopes; it gives its name to Rocamadour, a small goats milk cheese that was awarded AOC status in 1996.

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