Cuenca

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  • Sightseeing
  • History
  • Tradition and food
  • Getting there

The historic fortified city of Cuenca is located on a look-out point between the gorges of the Huécar and Júcar rivers. Its steep streets, unaltered proof of its medieval past, as well as its consideration as a city-come-landscape, gained it recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.

Plaza Mayor

The main square is the nerve centre of the city's monument collection and the starting point for any visit. It is trapezoidal in shape and the cathedral, town hall and Las Petras Convent occupy three of its corners.

Catedral de Santa María de Gracia

The cathedral was built on the site of the former Arab mosque. Construction began at the end of the 12th century and was completed in the middle of the 13th century. It was the first Gothic cathedral of Castile and is built in Anglo-Norman style. In the following centuries it was altered and restored, which explains the presence of architectural features in different styles.

Casas Colgadas

The "Hanging Houses" are the city's most emblematic feature, and the one that characterises it on postcards. The houses are built straight onto the wall formed by the gorge of the Huécar River. Their location, suspended over a ravine, makes them one of Cuenca's greatest attractions. One of them (three remain) now houses the Museum of Spanish Abstract Art, where you can enjoy works by Antoni Tàpies, Eduardo Chillida, Antonio Saura and Fernando Zóbel, among others.

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This is the footbridge that crosses the Huécar River. The original bridge was built of stone in the 16th century. It ended up collapsing and another was built of iron and wood at the beginning of the 20th century, taking advantage of the old foundations. It is one of the best vantage points from which to take a photo of the Hanging Houses.

Torre Mangana

This tower is located on the site of the former Arab fortress. It was built in the 16th century and renovated in the 20th century, in a Neo-Mudéjar style. It has served as the municipal clock and is one of the emblematic features of the city.

 

 

Image: Mangana Tower - Christian Álvarez Patón

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  • Get around the city easily, quickly and economically with our tourist travel card which gives unlimited use of all public transport.

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