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!

ABBEY-CHURCH - CONSTRUCTION WORK

The tympanum of the abbey-church is temporary hidden for sanitation construction work (until December, date to confirm). The abbey-church remains accessible.

The day guided tours (French) are still held. Rental of iPads for digital tours are still possible.

On october, at 21:00, discover the upper-gallery of the church during the night tours with pipe organ play (except on Oct. 14, 18, 19, 25 and 26).

Thank you for your understanding

Information at +33 (0)5 65 72 85 00

WELCOME IN CONQUES 

The Tourism Office is now open to the public. We set all the safe conditions to welcome you according to the regulations: regular sanitization of all surface areas, Plexiglas plates on the front desk, 2 persons in maximum in the reception room.

Wearing the mask is compulsory in closed areas and on the church square

The guided tours (in English for groups) are possible with a previous booking.

The Treasure is now open every day (actual hours : 10h-12h and 14h00-18h00). The Museum J-Fau is also open to the public (same ticket). 

The abbey-church is accessible on a free tour and you must respect the barrier gestures (protection mask compulsory on the church square and inside the monuments).

All the COVID19 measures may evolve.

You may contact us for further details:

email: contact@tourisme-conques.fr
by phone:+ 33 (0)5 65 72 85 00 everyday

 

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

Construction work in the church : From Oct.13 to Dec. 11, 2020, we have construction work inside and outside the abbey-church. The tympanum won’t be visible. Night tours are modified. Please contact us for further details. The church remains accessible from the south entrance. Guided tours are still possible.

INFO COVID-19: Guided tours for Groups are with a reservation ; distance to respect ; mask compulsory on the church square and inside the monuments and museum.

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.

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, CB

Languages for group Tours: French, English, Spanish

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

Construction work in the church : From Oct.13 to Dec. 11, 2020, we have construction work inside and outside the abbey-church. The tympanum won’t be visible. Night tours are modified. Please contact us for further details. The church remains accessible from the south entrance. Guided tours are still possible.

INFO COVID-19: Guided tours for Groups are with a reservation ; distance to respect ; mask compulsory (church square and monuments).

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, CB

Languages for group tours: French, English, Spanish

THE UPPER-GALLERY (TRIBUNES) AND THE ROMANESQUE CAPITALS

INFO COVID-19: Guided tours for Groups are with a reservation ; distance to respect ; mask compulsory.

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, CB

Languages for group tours: French, English, Spanish.

The stained-glass windows by Pierre Soulages

INFO COVID-19: Guided tours for Groups are with a reservation ; distance to respect ; mask compulsory.

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)

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, CB

Languages for group tours: French, English, Spanish

The medieval village

INFO COVID-19: Guided tours for Groups are with a reservation ; distance to respect ; mask compulsory on the church square and inside the monuments and museum.

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, CB

Languages for group tours: French, English, Spanish

THE MEDIEVAL TREASURE OF GOLDSMITH ART

INFO COVID-19: Maximum 20 persons at once in the room ; distance to respect ; mask compulsory.

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.

Except during exceptional closure, 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) 2:00-6:00 (earlier closing time due to sanitation measures related to the COVID-19 crisis)
  • October 1st to March 31st: (am) 10:00-12:00 and (pm) 2:00-6:00.

Fee/person: 4.50€ adult reduced fee (minimum 10 persons); 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

Construction work in the church : From Oct.13 to Dec. 11, 2020, we have construction work inside and outside the abbey-church. The tympanum won’t be visible. Night tours are modified. Please contact us for further details. The church remains accessible from the south entrance. Guided tours are still possible.

INFO COVID-19 : Distance to respect ; mask compulsory ; right amount for the ticket of the Upper-Gallery (6€) ; follow the circuit (entrance and exit are on different locations)

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.

  • HIGH SEASON PROPGRAM (May-early October) : Every evening from may to october at 21:30 (except during major concerts - irregular programming in October)

  • 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 at 21:30 – Payment: Cash

night show - Lights and Polychromy on the Tympanum

Details of programming below

  • INFO COVID-19: Mask compulsory on the church square and inside the church ; distance to respect ; no groups above 10 persons ; exact change (6€) for the visit of the upper-gallery  ; respect the path direction (different entrance and exit)

LOW SEASON PROGRAM

  • Friday October, 9: Tympanum at 18:30, Visit of the upper-gallery at 21:30, Polychromy at 21:45
  • Saturday October, 10: no Night show (procession for the Festivities of St-Foy), polychromy at 22:15
  • Sunday October, 11: Usual hours (21:00 tympanum ; 21:30 upper-gallery; 22:15 polychromie
  • From October, 12 to 31 : Tympanum at 18:30,  Upper-gallery at 21:00 (except onOctober 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 25, 26) and polychromy at 21:40.

HIGH SEASON PROPGRAM (May-early October)

  • 21:00: Presentation of the tympanum by friar Jean-Daniel (in French) (April to October) or 18:30 during the Music Festival
  • 21:30: Night tour of the upper-gallery of the church in music (May-early 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). Except during the Music Festival of summer.
  • 22:15: Polychromy of the Tympanum (April to October & school 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?

Conditions of Group Bus parking have changed in 2019. Please, contact us for further details. Tourism Coach parking is not allowed anymore, 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) - 200 m or 5 min. by foot to downtown.

Tourism & Handicap

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