HOW TO VISIT

The Service Patrimoine guides you through the history of Conques:

Discover St. Foy abbey-church and its tympanum;
reach its upper-gallery to admire the Romanesque capitals and the stained-glass windows by Pierre Soulages;
wander through the streets of the medieval village.
This offer is conditional for English tours.

The Tourist Office of Conques IS OPen EVERY DAY

9:30-12:30 and 14:00-18:30 (April-September) ; 10:00-12:30 and 14:00-17:30 (October-March)

The Treasure is open every day

The museum J-Fau is open from April to early November

Guided tours of the site are with a previous reservation.

email : contact@tourisme-conques.fr

05 65 72 85 00 (Office of Conques) - 05 65 71 13 18 (office of Marcillac)

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ST. FOY ABBEY-CHURCH AND ITS TYMPANUM OF THE LAST JUDGMENT

Discover the architectural wonder of St. Foy abbey-church and the 124 figures that adorn its tympanum. Your guide will unveil all their mysteries. Raise your eyes towards a few hundred capitals and contemporary stained-glass windows... This tour is an essential visit to approach Conques and its thousand-year-old history.

English tours: This guided tour is offered for individuals in French. It is also offered in English for a group with a prior reservation. Please contact us for details.

Time: 45 min. - Accessibility: a few steps ; wheelchair access from the north side (transept left entrance)

Individual fee: 5€ adult; 3€ child - Group fee: 4.50€/adult ; 2.50€/child - Ticket booth:  Tourism Office, Treasure or Museum J.-Fau – Registration and Schedules: Contact the 05 65 72 85 00 (tour hours are subject to change)

THE CHURCH UPPER-GALLERY AND THE ROMANESQUE CAPITAL

This guided tour offers the chance to reach the upper-gallery (Tribunes) of the church close to the capitals and the stained-glass windows by Pierre Soulages. Your guide will unveil the skills of the medieval “image-making” artists who carved the capitals’ baskets with interlaced patterns, story-telling subjects, religious or secular themes... This up-high gallery offers one of a kind perspective on the abbey-church architecture.

English tours: This guided tour is offered for individuals, in French. It is also offered in English for a group with a prior reservation. Please contact us for details.

Time: 45 min. - Accessibility: stairs - For safety reasons, access to the upper-gallery on your own is not allowed.

Individual fee: 5€/adult; 3€/child (access possible from 12 years old) - Group fee: 4.50€/adult ; 2.50€/child - Ticket booth:  Tourism Office, Treasure or Museum J.-Fau – Registration and Schedules: Contact the 05 65 72 85 00 (tour hours are subject to change)

The stained-glass windows by Pierre Soulages

From the upper-gallery of the abbey-church, your guide invites you to approach, at close hand, Pierre Soulages' creative process for his 104 contemporary stained-glass windows, inaugurated in 1994. You will discover the uniqueness of this glass that magnifies the Romanesque architecture.

English tours: This guided tour is offered for individuals, in French. It is also offered in English for a group with a prior reservation. Please contact us for details.

Time: 45 min. - Accessibility: stairs - For safety reasons, accessing on your own is not allowed. Access allowed from 12 years old.

Individual fee: 5€/adult; 3€/child (access possible from 12 years old) - Group fee : 4.50€/adult ; 2.50€/child - Ticket booth:  Tourism Office, Treasure or Museum J.-Fau Registration and Schedules: Contact the 05 65 72 85 00 (tour hours are subject to change)

 

The medieval village

Come and wander with us through the medieval village of Conques in a colourful presentation, its history, civil architecture and human activities while strolling along the streets and lanes.

Your guide will reveal the secrets of this village, once a fortified medieval town and nowadays classified among the most beautiful villages of France. This commented walk will make you travel through the centuries, from timber-framed houses to lauzes covered roofs, from bread ovens to chestnut driers called sécadou... Come and share with us the key events in the village history, hear the anecdotes that make the fame of this village.

English tours: This guided tour is offered for individuals, in French. It is also offered in English for a group with a prior reservation. Please contact us for details.

Time: 45 min. - Accessibility: paved and sloping streets.

Individual fee: 5€/adult; 3€/child - Group fee : 4.50€/adult ; 2.50€/child - Ticket booth:  Tourism Office, Treasure or Museum J.-Fau – Registration and Schedules: Contact the 05 65 72 85 00 (tour hours are subject to change)

AN UNIQUE MULTIMEDIA EXPERIMENT

a true historical immersion 

The digital IPads with audio invite you to discover Conques’ history, the abbey-church and its tympanum, the stained-glasses and the Romanesque capitals, the cloister and its Treasure, at your own rhythm. Follow the figures of the Past through key points of our history. Supplement items are inserted (archives photos, maps, views from the sky, etc...) and sound effects are also part of the circuit.

Circuit: All public (French, English, Spanish) and Youth (French and English – A game-treasure to solve!)

Rental point: Museum J-Fau (open from April 4 to early November) – Circuit time lapse: 1h to 1h30 (last rental possible 1 hour before closing time)

Fees (Treasure entrance included): Adults 10 € - Teens (14-17 years old) 5 € - Children (7-13 years old) 1 €
At  least one Adult IPad is required to rent a youth one – an ID paper is required on deposit as a warranty

night show - Lights and Polychromy on the Tympanum

High SEASON PROGRAMMING

  • 21:00: Presentation of the tympanum by friar Jean-Daniel (in French) - at 18:30 on September 24.
  • 21:30: Night tour of the upper-gallery of the church in music: Discovery of the Romanesque capitals, the glass windows by Pierre Soulages under the light and pipe-organ show (Fee: 6€, access for public older than 12 years old). Except on September 24.
  • 22:15: Polychromy of the Tympanum - By night, the progressive revealing of the colours offer a revisited reading of the 12th century tympanum and its 124 sculpted figures. Composing the Last Judgment and depicting the celestial Court, the angels, the elected, the condemned and other devils come to life. 
  • October Program: Please ask us later on. Program is being elaborated.