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    History and Nature

    by solopes Updated May 20, 2014

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    Favorite thing: One of the most remarkable details in Cuenca is the dramatic combination of history and nature. Monuments, canyons and river compose a strong combination, with breathtaking views in many points. No matter what you like, I'm sure you wll find something interesting in Cuenca and its surrounding area.

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    Name origin

    by Aitana Written Mar 4, 2009

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    Favorite thing: There are several hypotheses about the origin of the name, but it seems that it derives from Latin Conca, which means river basin (actually, the Spanish word Cuenca has the same meaning). The old city is between the gorges of the rivers Júcar and Huécar.
    Another hypothesis is that the name derives of the now-ruined Arab castle, Kunka.

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    Climate

    by Aitana Written Mar 4, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Cuenca is 956m above sea level, up to 1000m in the old town.
    The climate is continental typical of the Spanish plateau, with cold winters and hot summers. Spring and Autumn are pleasant, with smooth temperatures during the day but nights are cold due to the altitude.

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    Patrimony of Humanity.

    by breughel Updated Feb 26, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Cuenca is a city of average importance with about 50.000 inhabitants, capital of the province of the same name. If the modern part presents not much interest for the tourist, the ancient part hanging on a rocky platform enclosed in the South and in the East by the curve of the river Huecar and in the West by the river Jucar deserves amply its classification among the patrimony of humanity.
    Lack of space explains the height of houses and the narrowness of streets in the Ciudad Antigua. Cuenca goes back to the Roman Empire. The place developed under the Moslems who built a fortress which took the name of Conca. The town was conquered in 1177 by Alfonso VIII. In the centuries which followed she knew an important economic development notably in the textile industry. This one declined in the 17th century leading to a decline of the town.

    Cuenca is the entrance to the mountainous region of the "Serrania de Cuenca".
    The new town is at the level of 900 m and the ancient city at approximately 1.000 m. The altitude has an influence on the climate: maximum 15°C at night in full summer, max. 30 °C in the daytime. Thus pleasant temperatures compared to Madrid.

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    Patrimoine de l'Humanité.

    by breughel Updated Feb 26, 2007

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    Vue �� partir du parador

    Favorite thing: Cuenca est une ville d'importance moyenne avec près de 50.000 habitants, capitale de la province du même nom. Si la partie moderne présente peu d'intérêt pour le touriste, la partie ancienne située sur une plate forme rocheuse entourée au sud et à l'est par la courbe de la rivière Huecar et à l'ouest par la rivière Jucar mérite amplement sa classification au patrimoine de l'humanité. La manque d'espace explique la hauteur des maisons et l'étroitesse des rues dans la Ciudad Antigua. Cuenca remonte à l'empire romain. Elle se développa sous les musulmans qui y construisirent une forteresse qui prit le nom de Conca. Elle fut conquise en 1177 par Alfonso VIII. Dans les siècles qui suivirent elle connut un important développement économique notamment dans l'industrie textile. Celle-ci déclina au XVII siècle entraînant une décadence de la ville.

    Cuenca est la porte d'entré de la région montagneuse de la "Serrania de Cuenca". La ville nouvelle se trouve au niveau de 900 m et la ville ancienne à environ 1.000 m. Cette hauteur a une influence sur la température: maximum 15°C la nuit en plein été, max. 30 °C le jour. Donc, températures agréables comparé à Madrid.

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    General Info

    by Redang Updated Oct 16, 2006

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    City Hall (Cuenca, Spain)

    Favorite thing: Oficina Municipal de Turismo
    (Tourism Office)
    Alfonso VIII, 2
    16001 - CUENCA

    - Tel.: (+34) 969 241 051
    - Fax: (+34) 969 240 788

    - Internet: www.cuenca.es
    - E mail: ofi.turismo@aytocuenca.org

    Centro de Recepción de Turistas

    UNESCO
    - www.whc.unesco.org/en/list/781

    (Tourists Reception Centre)
    Avda.Cruz Roja, 1
    116003 - CUENCA

    - Tel.: (+34) 969 241 050
    - Fax: (+34) 969 235 356

    - E mail: info@turismocuenca.com

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    a "hanging" city

    by DanielF Updated Jul 31, 2006
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    Favorite thing: The landmark of the city are the infamous hanging houses: a couple of old buildings that got the fame for their beautifully carved balconies and their stunning location that defies the law of gravity. But actually most of the prominent buildings in Cuenca hang from one of the city's cliffs, even the cathedral, as you can see in this picture.

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    Unusual shapes

    by DanielF Updated Jan 26, 2004
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    Favorite thing: In a difficult exercise of adaptation to the terrain, the buildings of Cuenca often adopt unusual shapes. The traditional construction methods take profit of the stability of the stones in the lower floors and use a wooden structure and sun-dried bricks in the upper floors in order to ensure the endurance of the buildings with a light weight.

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    River Júcar

    by DanielF Updated Jan 26, 2004

    Favorite thing: Of the two rivers of Cuenca, the Júcar is the most important. It goes beyond the city in a serpentine-like gorge until it eventually reaches the plains of Valencia in search of the Mediterranean. Its canyon is picture perfect at any time of the year, but particularly in Autumn, when all the trees turn into golden shades.

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    Origins

    by DanielF Updated Jan 26, 2004

    Favorite thing: Little is known from Cuenca before the arrival of the Moors. There was probably an Iberian settlement and a subsequent small Roman defensive point. But it is not until the Moors founded Conca that the city gained significance.

    Nowadays, most of the Arab legacy has gone lost except for the Mangana tower, that appears solemnously among the narrow lanes of the upper city.

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    The cliffs

    by DanielF Updated Jan 26, 2004
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    Favorite thing: Cuenca is a city of canyons: a narrow stripe of rock flanked by two deep canyons carved by rhe rivers Júcar and Huécar. You cannot walk for a long distance in Cuenca without stumple over a mirador and each one of them offers a more beautiful sight than the former.

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    Churches to get tired of

    by DanielF Updated Jan 26, 2004

    Favorite thing: Like all the historical Spanish cities and towns, Cuenca has a real wealth of churches. Some of them are very simple, unsignificant even, but not less picturesque, of course. They come in virtually all the construction styles from Gothic to Historicist, but always with that unmistakable Castilian flair.

    This is a picture of a tiny church in the extramuri part of the city, next to an small creek.

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    White mantle

    by andal13 Written Oct 7, 2003

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    Fondest memory: I live in a country where it never snows... I visit Cuenca in winter, on a sunny day, after the first snowfall... The sensations of walking down the narrow streets of cobblestones, among those ancient walls full of history, stepping on the snow, are indescribable...

    Vivo en un país donde nunca nieva... Visité Cuenca en invierno, en un día soleado, después de la primera nevada... Las sensaciones de caminar por esas callejuelas empredadas, entre antiguas murallas cargadas de historia, pisando la nieve, son indescriptibles...

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    Streets of Cuenca

    by andal13 Updated Jul 2, 2003

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    Favorite thing: The steep and narrow streets of the old city of Cuenca keep a lot of likeable surprises, so walk along them, and enjoy this beautiful town.
    The picture shows one of these streets and Torre de Mangana; the views from the top of the tower may be awesome, but it was closed when I visited the town.

    Las empinadas y estrechas callejuelas del casco antiguo de Cuenca reservan muchas sorpresas agradables, por lo que es un placer caminar por ellas y disfrutar esta ciudad encantadora.
    La foto muestra una de estas calles y la Torre de Mangana; las vistas desde la cima deben de ser impresionantes, pero la Torre estaba cerrada cuando visité la ciudad.

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