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!

The Tourist Office of Conques welcomes you

Everyday from 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

Guided tours of the site are with a previous reservation (at 05 65 72 85 00).

email : contact@tourisme-conques.fr

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

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 years old story of this jewel of architecture, built by the medieval workers. Your guide will unveil its secrets. Go on and discover a 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 St. Foy. Finish with the Museum Joseph-Fau where are exhibited remains of the cloister and Renaissance furniture (open from April 4 to early November).

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

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

Languages for group Tours: French, English, Spanish. Previous reservation required

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.

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

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

Languages for group tours: French, English, Spanish. Previous reservation required

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)

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

Languages for group tours: French, English, Spanish. Previous reservation required

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 reflection, 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)

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

Languages for group tours: French, English, Spanish. Previous reservation required

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.

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

Languages for group tours: French, English, Spanish. Previous reservation required

THE MEDIEVAL TREASURE OF GOLDSMITH ART

The Treasure of Conques is composed of many reliquaries with the famous “Majesty” of St. 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 every day, including on Sunday (closed on January, 1st and December, 25th). It is located in the South aisle of the cloister. Groups may visit the Treasure all year-round on an open tour without reservation.

  • April 1st to September 30th:  (am) 9:30 to 12:30 and (pm) 2:00-6:30 (ticket booth closing at 6:15pm)
  • October 1st to March 31st: (am) 10:00-12:30 and (pm) 2:00-5:30 (ticket booth closing at 5:15pm)

Group Fee/person: 4.50€ adult reduced fee (minimum 10 persons); 2.50€ child (7 to 18 years old); free (child under 7; blind visitor); - Accessibility: lift, touch booklets for visually impaired visitors. - Mode of payment: Cash, CB - The Treasure ticket allows you to visit the Museum J-Fau for free (open April to early November)

night show - Lights and Polychromy on the Tympanum

HIGH SEASON PROGRAM - april to october

  • 21:00: Presentation of the tympanum by friar Jean-Daniel (in French) - Except on September 24. (at 18:30)
  • 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 during the Summer Music Festival or other events - 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. - Sauf le 19 août à 23h30.

PARKING AREAS AND REGULATION

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

Tourism Coach parking is not allowed on the village parking lots.

  • Please park your tourism bus/coach on the parking La Rivière (2km from downtown).
  • A passengers' drop zone is set on the parking L’Etoile (West entrance of the town ; left on the town map) - 200m. or 5 min. by foot to center.

Tourism & Handicap

Do not hesitate to contact our team to accompany you at best and to prepare your stay.