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“Picture postcard village”

Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Conques
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Aberdeen, U.K.
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“Picture postcard village”
Reviewed 21 June 2013

The village of Conques in the Midi Pyrenees region of France is even more beautiful than I expected. The architecture is fabulous and steeped in history, the abbey itself being a Unesco world heritage site. The day I visited last week was hot and sunny and the lovely flowers throughout the village set it off perfectly. One word of advice, the village is located on a steep hillside but parking is available on either side of the village further down the hill which was beneficial to my elderly parents. Some of the pathways are uneven in places so visitors with limited mobility may require assistance. Definitely worth a visit by old and young alike and all photography enthusiasts.

Visited June 2013
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“The Treasury of the Abbey of Ste Foy is worth the visit”
Reviewed 1 January 2013

While in Conques, we visited the Sainte-Foy Abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is along the medieval pilgrimmage route. While there we visited the Treasure of the Abbey of Ste Foy. This attraction is worth a stop in this quaint village and will provide you with many historical facts. The Treasury appears to be relatively new and much of the signage is in English.

Visited May 2012
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Tavistock, United Kingdom
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“Not to be missed!”
Reviewed 2 October 2012

Conques, deserves its award as one of the most beautiful villages of France, it sits on the edge of the gorge of the River Dourdou, in a beautiful setting, surrounded by mountains and forests. The approach from the south is along an especially attractive stretch of river. A lot of the original town walls and gates survive, sealing in the narrow village streets (many are cobbled) and many fine medieval houses built into the hillside – with great views of the valley below. It really is one of the 'not to be missed' villages of France! The tourist office will give you a plan of the village which shows the various places of interest including the stone gateways, the communal bread ovens (which still work), the convent, castle and fortifications.
Conques is a major stop-off point on the pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostela.
The Saint Foy abbey is officially designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the pilgrim path to Santiago de Compostela. If you are staying the night in Conques during the summer don't miss a night time visit to the Abbey. You can attend a special service for the blessing of pilgrims and will be able to walk round the upper levels of the abbey where you have a fantastic view of the Abbey and the carved chapters. Organ music accompanies you as you wander round and the windows are illuminated to enable you to appreciate the modern windows which were installed in 1994. The evening is then finished off with an explanation of the famous tympanum above the main doorway. This depiction of the Last Judgement is considered to be one of the major art works of the 12th century. It really is incredible. There are 124 figures in the carvings which depict your fate if you are unlucky enough to go to hell! Surrounding the main carving are a few figures known as 'the curious ones' who look like little children peeking out from under a blanket at the scenes below.

Visited July 2012
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