Nestling in a green wooded valley, on the Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage route and listed as one of France’s Most Beautiful Villages, Conques is unique in terms of its rich heritage: Romanesque architecture (abbey-church and tympanum of the Last Judgement), medieval goldsmithery (Treasure of St Foy and golden reliquaries), contemporary art (stained glass windows by Pierre Soulages).
Conques is an important stage on the Santiago de Compostela route. Conques Abbey has been welcoming pilgrims for centuries who came originally from all over christian Europe to venerate the relics of St Foy, followed by pilgrims on their way to Santiago and Galicia and nowadays walkers simply in search of a change of scene, meeting others and fulfilment…
The St Foy abbey church and the medieval bridge of Conques, dear to the pilgrims, are both inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Not to be missed when visiting Conques
- the Romanesque abbey church of St Foy (11th-12th centuries): take time to observe the details of the famous Tympanum of the Last Judgement; note the harmony between the Romanesque capitals and Pierre Soulages’ contemporary stained glass windows
- the Romanesque cloister with its serpentine pond – unique in Europe
- the jewel in the crown: the Treasure of Conques, medieval goldsmithery whose masterpiece, Her Majesty St Foy, made of gold, with her unsettling expression
- one of France’s Most Beautiful Villages with its medieval streets, timbered houses, easy-going lifestlye…
Did you know that Aveyron is the French département that boasts the highest number of France’s Most Beautiful Villages? 10 in all!
Just down the road from Conques lies the Marcillac wine-growing region with its striking scenery of reddish hillsides arranged in dry-stone terraces and planted with vines. Monks from Conques and notables from Rodez procured immense delight from this little valley… and from its beverages! You can still enjoy (responsibly) this 100% Aveyron vintage today, labelled PDO since 1990.