VISIT CONQUES IN GROUP

The village of Conques welcomes your group! Be guided in the heart of the abbey-church or discover the Treasure of St. Foy. Find all the information to prepare your group journey or enjoy the comfort of a turn-key stay.

Find here all the practical advices that will make your group journey memorable!

ST. FOY ABBEY-CHURCH AND THE MEDIEVAL TREASURE OF GOLDSMITH ART

This major guided tour will lead the group through Conques' history and art, from its Romanesque Abbey-church to the medieval Treasure of goldsmith art.

Come and listen the  1000 year old story of this jewel of architecture, built by the medieval workers. Your guide will unveil its secrets. Go on and discover an unique jewel in France, the famous medieval Treasure of goldsmith art and its rich collection of sacred objects, among which stays the world-known “Majesty” of Saint Foy. Finish with the Museum Joseph-Fau where are exhibited remains of the cloister and Renaissance furniture.

Time: 1h30. Accessibility: Access ramp, lift in the Treasure Room, touch booklets for visually impaired visitors.

Fee/person: 9€ adult; 5€ child - Modality: All year round, after a previous reservation - Mode of payment: Cash, € cheques, CB

Languages for group Tours: French, English, Spanish

SAINT-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.

Time: 45 min. Accessibility: access ramps. Touch booklets for visually impaired visitors

Fee/person: 4.50€ adult; 2.50€ child - Modality: All year round, after a previous reservation - Mode of payment: Cash, € cheques, CB

Languages for group tours: French, English, Spanish

THE UPPER-GALLERY (TRIBUNES) AND THE ROMANESQUE CAPITALS

This guided tour offers the exceptional chance to reach the upper-gallery or Tribunes of the church, close to the sculpted 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.

Time: 45 min. - Accessibility: stairs - For safety reasons, access on your own to the upper-gallery is not allowed (information at the Service Patrimoine / Tourist Office)

Fee/person: 4.50€ adult; 2.50€ child (12 - 16 yrs old) – Access possible from 12 years old - Modality: All year round, after a previous reservation - Mode of payment: Cash, € cheques, CB

Languages for group tours: French, English, Spanish.

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. While strolling through the gallery next to the glass windows with opalescent reflexion, we will lead you towards the discovery of this unique glass technique where everything is rhythm and light…

Time: 45 min. - Accessibility: stairs - For safety reasons, access on your own to the upper-gallery is not allowed (information at the Service Patrimoine / Tourist Office)

Fee/person: 4.50€ adult; 2.50€ child (12 - 16 yrs old) – Access possible from 12 years old - Modality: All year round after a previous reservation - Mode of payment: Cash, € cheques, CB

Languages for group tours: French, English, Spanish

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.

You 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.

Time: 45 min. Accessibility: sloping streets and paved streets. Touch booklet for visually impaired visitors.

Fee/person: 4.50€ adult; 2.50€ child - Modality: All year round, after a previous reservation - Mode of payment: Cash, € cheques, CB

Languages for group tours: French, English, Spanish

THE MEDIEVAL TREASURE OF GOLDSMITH ART

The Treasure of Conques is composed of many reliquaries with the famous “Majesty” of Saint Foy as its masterpiece, and unique example of reliquary statuary from the first millennium. This treasure stands as one of the five greatest medieval goldsmith's works of art in Europe and the sole in France to display so many elements from the High Middle Ages.

The Treasure is open everyday including on Sunday (but closed on January, 1st and December, 25th). It is located in the South aisle of the cloister.

April 1st to September 30th:  (am) 9:30 to 12:30 and (pm) 2:00-6:30 & October 1st to March 31st: (am) 10:00-12:00 and (pm) 2:00-6:00.

Groups may visit the Treasure all year-round on an open tour without reservation.

Fee/person: 4.50€ adult reduced (group of 10 pers.+); 2.50€ child (7 to 16 years old); free (child under 7; blind visitor);  - Entrance ticket combined with the Museum Joseph-Fau - Accessibility: lift, touch booklets for visually impaired visitors. - Mode of payment: Cash, € cheques, CB

NIGHT TOUR OF THE CHURCH UPPER-GALLERY IN MUSIC

Wander by night in the upper-gallery of the church in music at close hand from the capitals and the stained-glass windows by Pierre Soulages. This tour is not guided. It is programmed for individuals or groups…  A memorable and exceptional visit.

  • Every evening from April 6, 2019 to septembre at 21:30 (except as indicated below or during major concerts)
  • Modified program during Easter week: No programming of the visit on April 18, 19, 20. Regular programming resumes on Sunday night April 21 at regular hours.
  • Fee/person: 6€ (access possible from 12 years old) – Accessibility: stairs - For safety reasons, access on your own to the upper-gallery is not allowed
  • Time: about 30 min. – Entrance and ticket booth: Northern inside staircase – Modes of payment: Cash or cheque (in €)

night show - Lights and Polychromy on the Tympanum

2019 PROGRAM (HIGH SEASON) - LOW SEASON

 

  • 21:00: Presentation of the tympanum by friar Jean-Daniel (in French) - (until end of October ; then from November 1st-3rd)
  • 21:30: Night tour of the upper-gallery of the church in music (until the end of October): 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).
  • 21:45: Polychromy of the Tympanum (until November 3rd ; reprogramming during Xmas holidays) - 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.

 

PARKING AREAS AND REGULATION

Are you coming to visit Conques in a group and arriving by touring coach?

information regarding the access, traffic roads and parking regulations in Conques in 2019.

2019 Season: Parkings are being re-organized. Conditions of parking will changed on 2019 (around April or May). Please, contact us for further details. Tourism Coach parking is not allowed on the village parking anymore, but is on the parking La Rivière (2km from the centre). A passengers' drop zone is set on the former parking L’Etoile, West entrance of the town - Max. 10 minutes - 5 min. by foot to the centre.

Tourism & Handicap

Download the PDF file (French only) for information of specific and accessible stays.

Do not hesitate to contact our team to accompany you at best in preparing your stay.