From one treasure to the next
Why visit Conques?
- A hotspot on the Santiago de Compostela routes.
- One of the "Most Beautiful Villages in France" in Aveyron.
- Sainte-Foy's Treasure, unique in Europe.
- A one-of-a-kind spiritual atmosphere and a wonderful natural setting.
- Close to Rodez (45 mins), another Top Occitania Site.
Fall in love with the village
Conques has been around since 1000AD and thrives in a winning combination of blue grey shale, ochre limestone, roses, wisteria and half-timbered buildings. Take your time wandering around the village's honest and subtle colours and seek out the legacy of Roman Art builders: from the famous Sainte-Foy Abbey to the Pilgrim's Bridge over the Dourdou. Both are listed as UNESCO World Heritage as part of the Santiago de Compostela routes.
Visit the abbey at night from May to October during Conques Late Nights. Glittering lights and musical magic under the stained glass or at the top of the stalls.
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VISIT SAINTE-FOY ABBEY
Travel to the heart of Conques' thousand-year old soul
The abbey was built in the 11th century on the foundations of a former hermitage. It is famous for the relics of Sainte-Foy, a young Christian martyr from Agen. Before you go into the abbey be sure to look at the Last Judgement tympanum and its 124 characters: a Roman Art masterpiece. Inside, the classic contemporary stained glass designed in 1990 by the painter Pierre Soulages (104 in total) highlight the abbey's architecture and underline its spiritual power.
"I was 14 when I realised that art was the only thing I was interested in life and that was in front of Conques Abbey. Conques is where I felt my first artistic emotions" - Pierre Soulages, painter born in Rodez in 1919.
SEE THE TREASURE
Unique in Europe
See the Treasure of Conques for yourself in the abbey cloister's south wing. It is one of 5 great medieval gold treasures and the only one in France to include so many items from the Early Middle Ages. This priceless collection of reliquary treasures is dominated by the statue of her Majesty Sainte-Foy. It is the last example of a reliquary statue from the 9th-10th century and covered in gold, gemstones and enamels.
GO ON A SHORT OR LONG HIKE
On the Santiago de Compostela routes
Conques Abbey hasn't stopped welcoming pilgrims from all over Christian Europe to worship the Sainte-Foy relics since the abbey was founded. Nowadays you'll meet Conques walkers and pilgrims on the Puy trail whose melting pot gives the village its unrivalled buzz. You too can hike the GR®65 or spend an afternoon on the loop leading to Sainte-Foy Chapel: stunning views of the natural cirque whose lush nature is where Conques calls home.
Explore Marcillac Valley and its AOP wines. A wine route snakes through the hillsides from cellar to estate. Tasting sessions every Sunday at Marcillac market!
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Go on a trip back in time to reach Conques
Dans le département de l'Aveyron, ce village de la vallée du Lot se love autour de son abbatiale au creux d'un vallon. C'est à sa forme en coquillage (« concha » en latin) qu'il doit son nom. Dans ce reportage réalisé par Arte, découvrez tout ce qui fait le charme de Conques .
This village in the Lot Valley in the Aveyron department unfurls around its abbey in the bottom of a valley. It owes its name to its shell shape ("concha" in Latin). Find out what makes Conques so special in this report by Arte TV channel. Vidéo © Villages de France – Arte.
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Conques is in northern Occitania 40km from Rodez.
- By car: Take the D901 from Rodez to Conques. It takes 2.5 hrs from Toulouse on the A68 to Albi then the N88 to Rodez; 2 hrs 40 mins from Montpellier via Millau and Rodez (A75 then N88).
- By plane: from Rodez-Marcillac (40km) and Toulouse-Blagnac Airports (180km).
- By train: Saint-Christophe on the Paris-Rodez line is the closest station (15km) then you can take a taxi or bus from there. You can stop at Rodez station from Toulouse and Montpellier then take a taxi or bus from there. If you're doing the Santiago de Compostela route then there are buses from Puy-en-Velay station to Conques
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