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    Still the hanging houses

    by solopes Written Dec 26, 2013

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    In a previous tip I wrote that the best angle to see the hanging houses was from the bridge. Yes. it is!
    Tito went there, and brought a couple of new photos that confirm the common idea. We missed that angle, but it's about time for the youngsters to help the old guys, isn't it?

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    S Pedro Street

    by solopes Updated Dec 26, 2013

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    Strolling along S. Pedro street is a very good experience - the old city is around you, with typical houses and gardens, with many monuments nearby. There´s no way to miss it, if you walk from Plaza Mayor to the castle.

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    Castle

    by solopes Updated Dec 26, 2013

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    The castle of Cuenca is a city inside the city. There's not much to see in the remains of the original Arab fortress, but the whole is nice and allows splendid views over the city, the Huecar valley and the hanging houses.

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    Mangana Tower

    by solopes Updated Dec 26, 2013

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    There's no reference about this old tower destroyed in the 19Th century during the battle against Napoleon's soldiers, and rebuilt in 1926. It has now a Mudejar style (maybe because of its Moorish origins), and suffered a final adding in 1968 to get a fortress look.

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    Hanging houses

    by solopes Updated Dec 26, 2013

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    The image of Cuenca is given by the "casas colgadas", a rank of old houses atop the edge of the canyon carved by Huecar river. Nowadays they are, obviously tourist attraction, housing a museum and a restaurant. They may be seen from several angles, the best being St. Pablo bridge or the castle, where we didn't go, but... wait for a new tip - Tito will go.

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    River Jucar

    by solopes Updated Dec 26, 2013
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    In the low part of the city, the river is cool spot, nice for resting or water sports. There's an artificial beach, but I think that bathing is not the main use of the river. The landscape is nice, with dramatic cliffs, some of them with hanging houses behind the vegetation.

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    Artificial fluvial beach

    by solopes Updated Dec 26, 2013

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    Far from the sea, Cuenca used Jucar river to create an artificial beach. The space is small, but a clever solution was used to collect clothes and belongings at the entrance and storing them out of the beach. It seems to work!

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    Cathedral

    by solopes Updated Dec 26, 2013

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    Alfonso VII of Castilla conquered Cuenca from the moors and the mosque was, as usually, transformed in a christian church. Influenced by the Normand (the Spanish queen. Leonor Plantagenet, was daughter of the English king) it was built in first french Gothic, but the facade was later replaced in neo-Gothic, trying to reproduce the original, eliminating some baroque transformations.

    It's forbidden to take pictures inside.

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    Plaza Mayor

    by solopes Updated Dec 26, 2013

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    UNESCO heritage since 1996, Cuenca has in this square at the entrance of the historic site, its dominant point. City hall, a baroque building with three arches giving access to the square, and the cathedral of "Nuestra Señora de Gracia", from the 12Th century, are the most remarkable buildings in this harmonious square.

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    Cathedral of Cuenca

    by breughel Updated Nov 11, 2013

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    The outside amazes by openings in the facade. This facade was built in neo gothic style after the Torre del Giraldillo collapsed and damaged the original facade in 1902.
    The construction started at the end of the 12th century on the spot where an ancient mosque had been located.

    Most interesting visit of the inside of this cathedral, dedicated to San Julian, characterized by varied styles. The most ancient being Gothic-Norman, the most recent being contemporaries stained glasses whith dominant yellow and orange colours.
    The entrance ticket includes an audio guide (also in English) whose comment is very well made and who allows to discover all the beauties and the peculiarities of the numerous chapels from the 16th - 17th c. In the centre of the church beautiful stalls in the "coro" facing the "capilla mayor ".

    Sacristy and "treasure - tesoro" open Monday to Friday 10-14h and 16-19h; Sunday 16-18.30h.
    Price (2013): 2,80 €, reduced 2 €

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    The bridge of San Pablo.

    by breughel Updated Nov 11, 2013

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    The bridge of San Pablo joins the old city at the vaulted alley next to the "hanging houses" with the other bank of the Huecar and the monastery of San Pablo, presently the Parador. This metallic footbridge of 100 m length, about 50 m height, is certainly one of the tourist attractions of Cuenca.
    The bridge was built in stone on the order of canon Juan del Pozo, in 1543, as he wanted to link the convent of San Pablo to the town.

    Only the base of the stone pillars remained as the bridge got progressively ruined and was demolished to be replaced in 1902 by the present metallic footbridge.
    In fact the river is not much visible, it is rather a brook. The bridge also crosses the road called Paseo del Huecar.
    The sights are extraordinary on the cliffs and the hanging houses.
    At night the bridge and the cliffs are lit to make the spectacle enchanting.

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    Le pont de San Pablo qui relie la vieille ville à hauteur du passage voûté à côté des Casas Colgadas avec l'autre rive du Huecar et le monastère de San Pablo, aujourd'hui parador, est un des principaux attraits touristiques de Cuenca.
    Cette passerelle métallique d'une longueur de 100 m surplombe le ravin d'une cinquantaine de mètres.
    Une premier pont en pierres fut construit au milieu du XVIe s. il en reste encore la base des piliers. Ce pont tomba en ruines et fut démoli à la fin du XIXe s. pour être remplacé en 1902 par la passerelle en fer actuelle.
    En fait la rivière est peu visible, c'est plutôt un gros ruisseau que jouxtent des cultures maraîchères. La passerelle traverse aussi la route appelée Paseo del Huecar.

    Les vues sont extraordinaires sur les falaises et les maisons suspendues.
    La nuit le pont et les falaises sont éclairés ce qui rend le spectacle féerique.

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    Ciudad Encantada

    by solopes Updated Jan 25, 2013

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    More than 20 Km out of town a very well promoted park may be... a nice stroll or a touristy trap. I read that it looks like Capadoccia, and that is insane.

    It is nothing special, but if you like an easy walk in natural environment, then it may be a very interesting option. The trail is easy, less than 3 Km long, and the rocks do show some odd shapes, feeding the imagination of those who gave names to each section or single rock.

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    Carmelites convent

    by solopes Updated Jan 25, 2013

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    A convent from the 16th century, located at the castle's entrance, was occupied since 1602 by the "Carmelitas descalzas".

    Nowadays it is used by the "Universidad Internacional Menendez Pelayo" and the museum of the foundation António Perez.

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    Cuenca Old Town

    by pugwashman Written Oct 23, 2012

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    Cuenca Old Town has lots of interesting sights, from the Plaza Major to the Cathedral to the Monastery, the Hanging Houses, the Saint Paul bridge across the ravine to the Parador and the Parador itself. It's quite compact so easy to find your way around, but it is on a hill so can be quite steep in places. There are nice walks that follow the route of the Jucar and Huecar rivers that converge in Cuenca.

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    Casa Colgadas (Hanging Houses)

    by pugwashman Written Oct 23, 2012

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    The Hanging Houses of Cuenca hang out over a ravine, and have become the iconic symbol of the City. In truth it is their wooden balconies that hang out, and only a few of them remain today. I believe one is a restaurant and another is a Museum. They date back to the 15th Century.

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