Façonnage : Piqué métal | Auteur(s) : Jean-Claude Fau
An important staging post on the pilgrim route between Puy and St James of Compostela, as well as being the centre of the pilgrimage to Sainte Foy, Conques possessed one of the great Bénédictine Abbeys in medieval Europe. Power and wealth were thus joined with spiritual strength to create an extraordinary artistic whole: a Romanesque abbey church, superbly enhanced on the inside by Pierre Soulages’ stained glass, on the outside by the remarkably preserved Last Judgement sculpture on the tympanum, containing 124 figures, by the treasury of religious goldwork and by the golden statue of Sainte Foy. It is as if the village has come to us intact from across the centuries. The whole village is set among the unspoilt countryside of the “conque” a shell-shaped dale, originally chosen by Dadon the Hermit when he retired from the world. Places such as this that evoke such feelings with such force are rare indeed.
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