Jul 1, 2014
Whilst we were spending our last few days in Mazamet we decided to take a day trip to Conques. High in the hills of southern France, the picturesque little village of Conques is home to a magnificent Romanesque church and the only medieval shrine on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela that still survives intact.
We left early one morning and drove to Conques via Albi, Carmaux and Rodez. On leaving Rodez we followed a valley for 30 kilometers through a number of small towns before arriving at Conques and parking the car quite close to the village. The weather was delightful and we walked past the church up a small hill and had lunch in the sun overlooking the church. It was a wonderful spot and far better than the tourist restaurants a little further down the hill in the centre of the village. We both had salads and a glass of wine before walking into the centre. The village is well worth visiting, in fact it's one of those 'ave to see' places. The main attractions are the Romanesque church and the 'treasure'.
The treasure is housed in a purpose built display and is a gold and jewel encrusted bust of Sainte Foy. There are a large number of other antiquities and a more detailed description can be read here.