Travel to Cathars castles and Perigord

Day 2 Rodez - Conques - Saint Cirq-Lapopie - Cahors (162 Km.)

Rodez: The most interesting is the cathedral of Rodez of the thirteenth century to the fifteenth century of reddish stone with appearance of solid fortress. The apparence of strength could be aprecciated on the facade, but in reality is a preview of the walls themselves, because there is no door, because the accesses are on the side of the temple. There is bell near the left wing of the transept started with a tower from the fourteenth century and ends with a flamboyant Gothic style, the beginning of the sixteenth century, and a Renaissance bell tower.

Rodez - Cathedral

Rodez - Cathedral

The interior elements are of great interest, as the body and the former jubé, magnificent gothic stone work, which has been attached to the left of the building. For the old town there is a tour to know the cathedral, the nearby and powerful bishop´s palace, from seventeenth century, and other items of interest as the college of Jesuits (seventeenth century), the Museum of Fine Arts, Corbières tower, Delauro Palace, the Tower of the English and the House of Armagnac.

Rodez - Cathedral Choir

Rodez - Cathedral Choir

(in 38 Km.) Conques: This village situated on a hillside is registered as a World Heritage Site by Unesco. Abbey and its treasures are the basic attractions of this place. The main street addresses directly to the abbey of Sainte Foy, which is dominating among the slate roofs of buildings and stone-timbered. The church of the eleventh century, is one of the first churches of the Way of St. James pilgrimage of remarkable beauty. Its main attraction is the Romanesque tympanum depicting the Last Judgement, which is presented in its western portal. Another of the features of the Abbey is its Romanesque cloister.

Conques - Saint Foy abbey-church

Conques - Saint Foy abbey-church

More than the abbey itself, the most outstanding is the Conques treasury with exceptional elements in the French religious art. The village of Conques has protected over 12 centuries of history, a fabulous treasure in gold whose centerpiece is the statue shrine of Sainte-Foy, an absolute work of art and unique in the medieval West.

The village of Conques, with its narrow streets and old wooden houses canvases covered with Lauze (shingles), has preserved its ancient purity. Scattered through the village (for which there are no vehicles allowed) and the environment are a number of fountains, chapels, oratories and the former defensive remains.

Conques - Romanesque tympanum

Conques - Romanesque tympanum

(in 97 Km.) Saint Cirq-Lapopie: Hanging from a cliff, over 80 meters high, overlooking the banks of the Lot, one of the main sites in the valley of the Lot. The town is registered as a Historic Monument. Below the fortress, the village streets, closed for several fortified gates, retaining many old houses whose facades of stone or wood panels can be traced back, most of the thirteenth century to the sixteenth century. The streets that are opened by the arcs of the stalls, kept the memory of artisans that made the wealth of Saint-Cirq.

Saint Cirq-Lapopie

Saint Cirq-Lapopie

(in 27 Km.) Cahors: Final stage of this journey. We arrived at night, which allows us to contemplate some of its illuminated monuments.