Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Cuenca - a UNESCO Heritage site in Spain

The beautiful and ancient city of Cuenca is steeped in history and perfectly preserved and that is why UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site. Famous for its ‘Hanging Houses’, there are many other reasons why this city is so special.
The old town is perched on a precipice above two deep gorges carved out by the rivers Huécar and Júcar. It is here that the medieval Casas Colgadas – the Hanging Houses literally overhang the Huécar gorge.

Within the old quarter are handsome old mansions interspersed with interesting religious buildings. The 12th century Cathedral is quite unique in that it combines Gothic and Anglo-Norman style. Queen Leonor, the wife of Alfonso VIII, ordered its construction. There are a number of museums in the city including the National Museum of Abstract Art and the Provincial Archaeological Museum.

Robert Bovington

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