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The UNESCO-listed city of Cuenca exudes old-world charm, with cramped cobblestone streets, historic houses and centuries-old churches and convents. Stroll around the streets admiring the historic architecture and the views over the sheer river canyon, before gallery-hopping your way around some of the best modern and abstract art venues in town.
Originally built by the Moors, Cuenca was taken over by the Castilians in the 12th century. Over the next few centuries, the city’s textile industry flourished, bringing money and development. Wander around the town today to see many of the still-standing medieval buildings, which date back to the early centuries of Castilian rule.
The most striking of Cuenca’s attractions are the Casas Colgadas, or Hanging Houses. Find them on the steep cliffs overlooking the Huécar River. Perched on the cliff edges, with their wooden balconies jutting out over the abyss, these houses are a striking sight. Head to the Puente de San Pablo for some of the best views of the Hanging Houses. Inside the Hanging Houses are the galleries of the Museo de Arte Abstracto Español, where abstract art from Spanish artists is displayed.
Continue the modern art theme in the city’s Fundación Antonio Pérez. The museum occupies the Baroque Convento de las Carmelitas Descalzas and has an eclectic collection of modern work, with post-war Spanish artists particularly well represented.
Stroll around town to encounter even more historic buildings. Go to the town’s main square to see the striking medieval Cuenca Cathedral (Cathedral of Santa María de Gracia). Adjoining the cathedral is the Palacio Episcopal, the lower floors of which contain the Diocesan Museum. Browse the collections to see paintings by the influential Spanish Renaissance artist El Greco. Among the other notable religious buildings is the Oratory of San Felipe Neri, with a relatively plain exterior that conceals an exuberant Rococo-style interior.
Cuenca is located in central Spain’s Castile-La Mancha region, between the Júcar and Huécar river canyons. Fly into Madrid and connect to Cuenca via bus or train. Among the best times to visit is during the Religious Music Week festival at Easter, when performances take place at atmospheric venues throughout the city.
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