Ste.-Foy at Conques
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Location Conques, France   map
Date 1050 to 1120   timeline
Building Type church
 Construction System bearing masonry
Climate temperate
Style Romanesque
Notes Abbey church






Plan Drawing

Discussion Ste.-Foy at Conques Commentary

"Begun by Abbot Odolric (1030-65), the abbey church was, in fact, completed at the start of the 12th century, being then based on a different plan, especially for the apse, than that originally envisaged. The six-bayed nave with side aisles leads to a large transept, itself bordered by aisles and provided with two chapels on either arm; it terminates in an apse surrounded by an ambulatory with three radiating chapels. The elevation is equally impressive: tribunes open on to the central vessel of the nave through twin bays. They are covered by half-barrel vaults which shoulder those of the nave. The already considerable amount of light is increased still further by the lantern tower of the crossing, whose original dome was replaced in the 14th century by a rib vault."

—John Julius Norwich. The World Atlas of Architecture. p199.

Sources on Ste.-Foy at Conques

Spiro Kostof. A History of Architecture. New York: Oxford University Press, 1985. ISBN 0-19-503472-4. LC 84-25375. NA200.K65 1985. p304 (photo of roofs). p303 (plan and section drawings); p302 (exterior). p306, f13.13 (interior).

John Julius Norwich, ed. The World Atlas of Architecture. New York. : Portland House, 1988. ISBN 0-517-66875-0. Reprint edition: Da Capo Press, April 1991. ISBN 0-3068-0436-0. — An accessible, inspiring and informative overview of world architecture, with lots of full-color cutaway drawings, and clear explanations. Available at

Nikolaus Pevsner. An Outline of European Architecture. Baltimore: Penguin Books, 1960. photo, view into the crossing vault, f61, p86.

Henri Stierlin. Comprendre l'Architecture Universelle 1. Paris: Office du Livre S.A. Fribourg (Suisse), 1977. plan drawing, p153.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about Ste.-Foy at Conques


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