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The medieval village of Rocamadour is one of the
oldest places of pilgrimage in France. Legend says that Zacharius came here
and founded the town, that he was Saint Amadour, and that he brought with
him the black wooden statue of the Virgin that pilgrims afterwards flocked
Halfway up the cliff of Rocamadour, seven chapels surround a single courtyard. We were able to enter four of them: one displayed the black Madonna and another contained the grave of Saint Amadour.
My mother and I had wanted to see Rocamadour since my father visited the region on government business in 1985. From here I sent my grandmother the postcard shown above with the following message:
Only as I was putting together this exhibit did I notice that the stamp on this card was never cancelled. The lack of postal stamps certainly makes the text easier to read!
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This page was created for INLS 244: Digital Preservation and Access.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Last updated on April 4, 2004.