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The first chapel ND de Rocamadour was built in 1183, but the oldest part of the actual chapel dates back to 1527, and most of it was rebuilt in the 17th century. They used the golden stone of Logonna and a little dark grey kersantite, both famous local stones.
The spire is partly missing from a cannonball shot by the Anglo-Dutch navy in 1694, during the famous battle won by the French thanks to Vauban's expertise. (see my previous post.) Perhaps,it's in memory of that victory that the Art Academy has decided not to replace the missing part of the church tower.
There are 2 possibilities for the origin of the name:
-Pilgrims starting their trip there, to go to Rocamadour in South western France. ( Both towns are twinned now. )
-Or a breton word made up of: Roc'h= rock and dour= water.
Both the chapel and the Vauban Tower (see my previous posting), are situated on the off-shore bar which protects the port. You can see several photos of this off-shore bar with the two famous buildings, p3 of Camaret-sur-mer gallery.
In WS, 2 photos of the inside of the chapel.

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