À one hour from Villefranche de Rouergue, let yourself be enchanted by the charming village of Conques. A must stop on the way to Santiago de Compostela, Conques will take you back to the time of the great builders of the Middle Ages.

How to get there?

From Villefranche de Rouergue: take the D1 towards Lanuéjouls then the D5 towards Decazeville. Finally, continue on this path towards Conques.

On the way to Santiago de Compostela

Major step on the Way of Saint-Jacques de Compostelle, the site of Conques is home to an exceptional Romanesque heritage!

Its importance in the Jacobean pilgrimage has earned Conques to be registered in the world heritage by UNESCO for two monuments: Sainte-Foy abbey church, famous for its Last Judgment tympanum, and the pilgrims bridge which crosses the river Dourdou.

A little history…

It all started in the XNUMXth century. At that time, enterprising monks built a large abbey on the foundations of an old hermitage. The latter became the repository of the relics of Sainte-Foy, a young Christian martyr. From then on, miracles followed one another, attracting crowds of pilgrims.

The iconic hearts

During your walk, discover the emblematic hearts of the Grand Site Occitanie de Conques.

Hervé's tips

Chef Hervé Busset gives you his favorite places and activities in and around Conques.

The Romanesque Sainte-Foy abbey

Admire the Romanesque abbey, its contemporary stained glass windows by Pierre Soulages, its Last Judgment tympanum and one of the greatest treasures of medieval goldsmithery: the majesty saint foy gold and precious stones.

Sainte-Foy de Conques, planned to welcome hundreds of pilgrims, is still the guarantor of the spirit of pilgrimage. Illuminated by contemporary stained glass windows by Pierre Soulages, it is the synthesis of architectural research carried out in medieval times. Within it, spiritual radiance and Romanesque art form a united couple for eternity.

Goldsmith's treasure of Conques

The Treasure of Conques

One of the 5 great European treasures of medieval goldsmithery and the only one in France, which brings together so many objects from the High Middle Ages.
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Tympanum of the Abbey of Conques

The Last Judgment Tympanum

6,70 meters wide and 3,60 meters high, it houses one hundred and twenty-four figures in a quite remarkable state of preservation.
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Stained glass windows by Pierre Soulages

The stained glass windows of Soulages

One hundred and four contemporary stained glass windows made by Pierre Soulages illuminate the Sainte-Foy abbey.
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The Nights of Conques

From April to October, at nightfall, marvel at the illuminated tympanum of the abbey church. Observe the 124 sculpted characters highlighted by a remarkable polychromy game... A unique visual and artistic experience!

One of the Most Beautiful Villages in France

Arrived intact from the depths of the year XNUMX, the village of Conques lives in a harmony of bluish gray schist, ocher limestone and red sandstone. Stroll through its cobbled streets blooming with roses and beautiful wisteria and contemplate the half-timbered facades et slate roofs.

Around this charming medieval village, enjoy an exceptional natural setting, between the Lot valley, Rougier de Marcillac…

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