Photographer's Note

July 28, 2009
Conques 120076 12320
Aveyron Midi-Pyrénées
44.601 2.399 320 m

Sainte-Foy church-abbey.

Church-Abbey Sainte-Foy roofs.
One chapel inside.

Benedictine church-abbey Sainte-Foy of the 11th 12th 19th centuries.

The 2 towers of frontage date from the 19th century.

An oratory devoted to Saint-Sauveur, would have existed as of the 5th century, destroyed by Buckwheats, then rebuilt by Pepin le Bref in 730.
the Dadon hermit founded there a monastery at the 8th century which adopted into 819 the rule of Saint-Benoît. This abbey, with the well structured social organization, became a place of prosperity.

_Sainte-Foy born in 290 in the family of a high-civil servant, was baptized by the bishop of Agen, Caprais, in spite of the prohibition of the Christian religion by the Dioclétien Roman Emperor. Condemned to be burned alive on the grill, the rain saved it, it was then decapitated.
_Its courage caused the conversion of pagan soldiers and the return to Agen of the other Christians and bishop Caprais, who all were martyrized. The worship of Sainte-foy developed in the area of Agen, punctuated of many miracles.
_The relics of Sainte-Foy arrived at Conques towards 866, perhaps stolen by two monks of Conques, and thus escaped the destruction due to invasions of the Vikings.
_At the 11th century, the reference symbol of Sainte-Foy, galvanized the crusaders of Reconquista Spanish.

Conques is a village and a major monument on the way to Santiago de Compostela, one of "Plus Beaux Village de France", more beautiful village of France.

The treasures are banked up in this place which has few equivalents in France and Europe: The romanesque abbey, its tympanum of the last judgment, the cloister, a treasure of goldsmithery, relics of Sainte-Foy, etc...

Conques is a french commune, located in the department of Aveyron of the Midday-Pyrenees area, populated of 302 Conquois in 1999, distributed out of 31 km², that is to say 10 hab./km².

The village located at the confluence of Dourdou and Ouche, forms at this place a kind of shell, which would have given its name to the village.

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