There's no relief for the non-religious in the neighbouring Musée d'Art Sacré (mid-June to mid-Sept daily 9am7pm; mid-Sept to mid-June 10am1pm & 26pm, closed two days a week; tel 05.65.33.23.23; €4.60), which contains sacred art treasures, reliquaries and various historical documents. It's dedicated to the French composer Francis Poulenc (18991963) due to his being one of the modern pilgrims who received miraculous inspiration from the shrine, though in his case the results were musical rather than medical.
You can climb still further to the ancient ramparts above the chapel (daily 9am7pm; €2.50) via the winding shady path, La Calvarie, past the Stations of the Cross, or take a more direct path: either way the views across the valley are stunning.
There are two different wildlife centres worth visiting above Rocamadour in L'Hospitalet: the Rocher des Aigles (AprilJune & Sept MonSat 15pm, Sun 16pm; July & Aug daily 16pm; Oct to mid-Nov MonSat 24pm, Sun 25pm; €6.40), a breeding centre for birds of prey don't miss the demonstrations of the birds in flight and the Forêt des Singes, off the D673 (daily: EasterJune & Sept 10amnoon & 16pm; July & Aug 10am7pm; Oct to mid-Nov MonSat 15pm, Sun 10amnoon & 15pm; €6.50), where more than a hundred Barbary apes roam the plateau in relative freedom.
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