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Conques

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Aveyron

Conques - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Aveyron
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Located at the confluence of two rivers, on a slope-shaped natural amphitheater near the Lot Valley, Conques offers a heritage rich in history, traditions and cultural life.

In the late 8th century, the hermit Dadon chose this site to withdraw into solitude. Thus arose a Benedictine monastery with the Carolingian dynasty. Thanks to the relics of Saint Foy brought from Agen 866, Conques became a pilgrimage center and a major step on the road to Saint Jacques de Compostella. The cult of the saint spread throughout Western Christendom and donations are increasing in favor of the abbey.

The village, situated around its abbey, built from the 10th century, offers visitors many houses half-timbered facades and covered with slates. The visitor will find places of gastronomic specialties and handicrafts in number.

Geographical information

MunicipalityConques
Postcode12320
Tourism label
Latitude44.5994020 (N 44° 35’ 58”)
Longitude2.3960370 (E 2° 23’ 46”)
AltitudeFrom 221m to 653m
Surface area30.51 km²
Population275 inhabitants
Density9 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureRodez (40 km, 44 min)
Insee code12076
IntercommunalityCC Conques-Marcillac
DepartmentAveyron
RegionMidi-Pyrénées

Nearest cities & towns

Grand-Vabre5.9 km (8 min)
Saint-Cyprien-sur-Dourdou7.3 km (11 min)
Sénergues11 km (18 min)
Nauviale11.3 km (13 min)
Noailhac12.4 km (18 min)
Saint-Parthem13.4 km (17 min)
Vieillevie14.5 km (18 min)
Espeyrac14.6 km (22 min)
Pruines16.4 km (23 min)
Almont-les-Junies17 km (25 min)
Saint-Félix-de-Lunel18 km (27 min)
Marcillac-Vallon18.2 km (21 min)
Cassaniouze18.7 km (26 min)
Firmi20 km (25 min)

Things to see and do

Major monument of medieval architectural heritage, the Abbey Conques (eleventh-twelfth century) houses a wealth of Roman sculptures (tympanum of the Last Judgement and narrative capitals) and contemporary works such as Pierre Soulages windows.

The must is the visit of Treasury silver, unique in France, famous for the reliquary statue of Saint Foy. These works of art are among the oldest and most beautiful masterpieces from the Middle Ages. Visitors can also, through the Treasury bill, visit the Museum which houses a collection Fau lapidary from the cloister of religious art, antique furniture and a collection of 17th century tapestries depicting the life of Felletin of Mary Magdalene.

Guided tours offered by the Office of Tourism allow visitors to embrace the rich heritage and history of Conques. The Tourist Office offers season tours of the abbey with an explanation of the eardrum, forums and groups, including a complete tour guide at the Treasury. Thematic tours are offered at certain times of the year.

Numerous lessons, concerts and heritage classes offered by the European Centre.

Places of interest

Information points
Monuments

Events and festivities

The music festival planned by the European Centre for Art and Medieval Civilization, exhibitions, courses, themed walks and accompanied, and other events enliven the city and its Conques Township.

The major event is the celebration of Saint Foy on October 6th or the following Sunday, with torchlight procession the day before and grand procession on Sunday with the famous reliquary statue, the Majesty of St. Foy, in the cloister and the abbey.

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One of the most beautiful villages of France (© RC)
One of the most beautiful villages of France (© RC)
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Village Conques (© RC)
Village Conques (© RC)
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Monastery Conques (© RC)
Monastery Conques (© RC)
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Conques on the Camino de Santiago (© RC)
Conques on the Camino de Santiago (© RC)
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Tympanum Conques (© JT)
Tympanum Conques (© JT)
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Stained Glass Stone Soulages (© GM)
Stained Glass Stone Soulages (© GM)
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Majesty of St. Foy - Conques (Conques © OT)
Majesty of St. Foy - Conques (Conques © OT)
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Mecca of Romanesque art (GM © OT Conques)
Mecca of Romanesque art (GM © OT Conques)
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Conques
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Conques, the Romanesque cloister
Conques, the Romanesque cloister
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Lane Conques ( © JE)
Lane Conques ( © JE)
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Panorama Conques on (© JE)
Panorama Conques on (© JE)
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Weather

Saturday 30 may
Min. 9°C - Max. 22°C
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Sunday 31 may
Min. 14°C - Max. 25°C
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Monday 1 june
Min. 14°C - Max. 26°C
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Hiking trails around the township and Conques (Tourist Office).

Discovery tours between Conques, Marcillac Rodez - Discovery Tour in the region (Route treasures).

Many outdoor activities (biking, swimming in the canton, fishing, kayaking, boat tour on the Lot ...).

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Canoeing, kayaking or rafting in the Lot Valley
Sports sensations19 € Vieillevie (6.4 km)
Tour of the Laurens estate and cellars
Local flavours2 € Clairvaux-d'Aveyron (19.2 km)

Outings

Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Municipality of Tayrac: from the plateau to the valley
HikeEasy2h30Tayrac (46 km)
Laurélie, Bor and Bar
Village visitEasy3h00Bor-et-Bar (51 km)
The Chestnut trees : walk around Najac n°6
HikeIntermediate5h10Najac (53 km)
The medieval village of Najac
HikeIntermediate1h05Najac (53 km)
Malecargue Fountain Circuit
HikeIntermediate3h15Limogne-en-Quercy (54 km)

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