The Camino de Santiago can be found in Conques, a small town built around the great Romanesque abbey of Sainte Foy. The village itself is worth a visit but you definitely must not miss the Abbey. If you can, you should visit it at night because in summer there is usually a nocturnal tour through the columns, whilst down in the nave, there is a concert of piano and violin. One more thing! Do not miss the "curieux" as they observe the final judgment of its impressive tympanum.
124 characters are in motley representation of the Final Judgment on the lintel of the entrance to the Abbey of Santa Fe. One can spend hours marvelling over the detailed representations of angels, demons, Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary, the apostles, Paradise, and the Seven Deadly Sins. Key figures in the history of the abbey are also shown, as its founder, Abbot Dadon, one of its principal benefactors, Charlemagne, and Sainte-Foy or Santa Fe, whose relics are preserved in the temple. Some of the figures represented are photographed.
More than the abbey itself, the most interesting of Conques is the treasure, with elements of French religious art. Exposed in the former refectory of the monks Among the relics it is important to emphasize "The Santa Fe". This is a significant statue. The inside is made of wood and is covered in gold, silver and jewelry from different periods, placed there from the 10th to the 15th century. The head could be a Gallo-Roman mask. It has been said that these were also the funerary mask of a Roman emperor. The crown enamels and precious stones collection are made up of: Emeralds, rubies, sapphires, topaz, opal,etc ... It has cameos and materials from the Roman Empire, Byzantine and Carolingian. The reliquary of Pepin is also lovely. Is the work of the 8th or 9th centuries, with a wooden inside and exterior of gold and stones, some even some from a Persian origin. Lovely filigree work. Another interesting piece is called A Charlemagne, it is made of wood and covered with silver-gilt and enamels. Might be donation of Charlemagne, retouched by many abbots. There are other great pieces: Cruces, reliquaries, portable altars, statues and fabrics, among other things.
These pearls are not from pearl oysters but are handmade and all different, by a couple Amelie Peret and Nicolas Dubus. They work in the shop / workshop half the year, and the rest of the time they travel around the world on a bike; in the shop they sell their book. They produce ceramic beads, glass and metal, inspired by India, Africa, Murano, China, Indonesia and other places they have gone.