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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Incredible Conques

So here the reliquary of St Foy (Saint Faith, or Santa Fe) is suspended above the cross in the ancient cathedral of Conques, France. Like Toulouse and several other of the places I've visited on this trip to France, it was a prominent stop on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. He was around in the third century AD and his bones ("relics") brought to Conques in 866.

It is a spectacular church, built as is the entire village on the side of a steep, rocky mountain.

I haven't figured out how to show depth in such a picture, but this somewhat ordinary looking medieval street probably loses 100 feet in elevation in this short distance. My damaged knee got a good workout in Conques.

Looking down the rue on a very skinny old house in Conques.

That's a high dome in the cathedral.

Art everywhere inside the church.

And outside, too.

Another old relic in Conques.

Nice cloisters too.
Posted by Mose, 4:50 AM


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