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 €
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you take a drive out of Cuenca to the Enchanted City your route will take you along the banks of the Jucar River. Some of the scenery is spectacular, with Mountains, Lakes and Gorges. Throughout the trip there will be Vultures circling above, and you can go to the source of the Jucar River itself where there are nice walks where we saw butterflies, dragonflies and snakes.
About a 45 minutes drive from Cuenca, through spectacular scenery, is the Enchanted City. This is an area of natural limestone rock formations, some of which supposedly resemble familiar objects. Some do, some don't, but we found it was best if you make up your own interpretations on them. There is a walk that takes about 1.5 hours to go round. Aswell as the rock formations you will likely see lizards and butterflies aswell as Vultures flying high up overhead. It's well worth a visit from Cuenca, and the drive also takes in some spectacular sights along the way as the road follows the Jucar River. We got instructions and a map from the Parador in Cuenca. It only costs a few euros to go in, and there is a cafe by the car park. The Enchanted City has also been used as a backdrop in a number of films.
The most famous bridge in Cuenca was built in 1902 in iron and wood. It is 100 meters long and 40 meters above the river level, coming from its deep bottom.
The original bridge was built from 1533 to 1589, but collapsed. Maybe the high reputation of the new one comes from the excellent views that it allows.
Looks like a church, but it is a hostel!
Keeping the facade of an old school, the building was transformed in 1983 and became a "Posada". I don't know its qualities as a place to stay, but I do congratulate the owners for the idea.
Located a little bit out of town, in a steep hill facing the hanging houses, this monastery from the 16th century merges a Gothic structure with renaissance decoration. Only the church and cloister show the initial image, everything else is later adding.
Generally one of the remarkable buildings in Spanish cities, this official palace is not an exception.
Closing the main medieval square - Plaza Mayor, its arches filter the access to the old quarter around the castle, and gave to the square an ambiance of intimacy and tradition.
This park is in the city center, a few meters from the main street and the market. With its 13000 square meters, it is a perfect place for children: swings, fountains, sand ground in the passages, trees… There is a music kiosk in the center.
The second picture was taken the day I was born; the third, a few years later ;)
Located outside the historic centre, this church from the 16Th century, also known as San Anton church, is owned by the city council. It has two different facades, one of the Plateresque, and Rococo decorations inside.
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.