Cuenca

The city of sicklers and contemporary art

Cuenca is a wonderful city located in a spectacular landscape surrounded by the sickles of the river Jucar and Huecar, whose old town is full of artworks and has a very beautiful cathedral. The contemporary art offer is also very interesting.

Do you want to visit this place?

Cuenca is an important artistic and monumental city, and to visit in this place requires at least two days, or even three so you can have time to visit the Serranía de Cuenca Natural Park , mainly its “Ciudad Encantada” (Enchanted City) and the “Callejones de las Majadas”. Finally in your way back, if you drive towards Madrid you should visit Uclés, or the Roman city of Segóbriga.

In the Plaza Mayor there is the Santa María and San Julián Cathedral, built from the 1182 above an old Muslim mosque; it was especially of Gothic-Norman style. This Cathedral is also very important due to its chapels and different rooms.

In the same square there is the city council, dating back to 1733 of baroque style; and the Petras Convent, building from the XVIII century. In the San Pedro street there are many of the main buildings of the city: the Casa del Canónigo, Angélicas convent – linked to the San Nicolás de Bari Church and the Carmelitas Descalzas Convent; there is also the Menéndez Pelayo International University and the Antonio Pérez Foundation.

In the Trabuco square you can find the San Pedro Church, of Romanic Origins. Close to the viewpoints of the Jucar you can see the San Miguel Church, building from the XII century sheltering today an auditorium; the de los Descalzos Convent; and the Nuestra Señora de las Angustias Sanctuary.

In the Alfonso VIII street you can find the Corregidor and the Arostegui big houses dating back to the XVII centuries.

In the city they are also important the San Jualián Conciliar Seminary and the Mangana Tower.

Going through the arch door we face the San Pablo Bridge, the most remarkable example of industrial architecture in Cuenca, from where we can see the impressive hanging houses, symbol of this city.

Cuenca Cathedral

This aforementioned bridge ends in the San Pablo Convent, raised in 1523 and nowadays restored and National Inn.

There are also many museums in this city, but there is an important one in those hanging houses, the Spanish Abstract Art Museum of Cuenca, with a great collection of national paintings from the 50’s and 60’s.

In the Carmelitas Descalzas Convent there is the Antonio Pérez Foundation, sheltering many different artworks; in the Arzobispal Palace the Diocesan Museum, and right in front of it the Cuenca Museum. Finally, in the old town we find the Science Museum of Castilla-La Mancha.

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Dónde dormir en Cuenca
Casas Colgadas
Convento de San Pablo

Practical Data

Coordinates

40° 4′ 18″ N, 2° 8′ 6″ W

Distances

Toledo 182 km, Madrid 163 km

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