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The village of Conques lies above the Lot river in the Aveyron department. With a unique ‘shell’ shape, and its slate roofs, it appears to emerge from the Middle Ages.
It nestles around its famed Saint Faith (Sainte Foy) abbey-church, which features on Unesco’s World Heritage list. For more than a 1000 years, pilgrims on the Saint James Way have stopped off here on their way to Santiago. In addition to traditional pilgrims, who come to pay homage to the historic relics here, the village sees many hikers, setting off every day on a new cultural and spiritual journey.