Alfonso VIII calle Aguirre

Sculpture of king Alfonso VIII, conqueror of the Town of Cuenca.
Made by Miguel Zapata, on display in the gardens of la Diputación (provincial delegation).


Historical Archive of the Province

This building was once the Holly Inquisition´s Courthouse and later a county jail. At first this building belonged to the castle which dates back to the XVII century.
Carmelitas Descalzas (Barefoot Carmelites)
Built in the XVII century to host a community of barefoot Carmelites, it is one of the most original and beautiful big old houses in Cuenca. Of a quite irregular trace, we have to point out the convent part, Demandera´s House and the church. Purchased by the county council, it has been completely refurbished, housing to the Antonio Perez Foundation, a dorm and a showroom.
Arco de Bezudo

Here you can see part of the remains of the Castle fortress, along with a tower and pieces of the wall. It had six gates and 3 wickets.
Town Hall Plaza Mayor,1

Striking Baroque building from the times of Carlos III built on three round arches. According to the writing on the façade its construction dates back to the year 1762.
The Neighborhood of San Martín

Group of popular character homes, distributed in many convoluted streets. Through one of them, behind the Museum of Abstract Art, you can reach the remains of San Martin´s church, where you can see an old Romanesque apse, as part of a garden enclosure.
Alfonso VIII Street

The main street to access Plaza Mayor (main square) took its final shape during the XVIII century. There are two magnificent big old houses still on it, from the XVII century, opposite the Plaza del Carmen(square) stairway. One of them is la Casa del Corregidor(mayor´s home), rectangular, made up of dressed stonework on corners and a noble structure, despite its current neglect. The other is the Clemente de Aristegui family mansion with nice ironwork and two blazons (coats of arms) next to the main balcony.
Saint Peter Street Plaza del Trabuco

Manor street, it was the main road in Cuenca´s ancient centre. On it, there were big old aristocratic houses which were usually accessed through spiked wooden gates, stamped with shields. These houses had big balconies and windows with magnificent ironwork. Apart from these palatial houses, you will also find various churches and convents.
Ironwork House and San Julian Inn

Even though they look like separate buildings, they actually form just one. Two-storey buildings, an excellent example of Cuenca´s traditional ironwork and coats of arms on the facades. There are also many valuable elements of old architecture inside.


The Hanging Houses- Museum of Spanish Abstract Art

The entire front of the Huecar gorge once had Houses hanging on it, but today there are only three left, almost completely restored at the beginning of this century. They are buildings of popular Gothic style origin: some of the original elements can still be seen in the Museum part. There are a lot of woodwork elements inside. The renaissance façade comes from old palace of Villarejo de la Peñuela. The house to the left ( ) received the name ¨Casa de la Sirena¨ (mermaid house)

There is not much left of the old Arab Wall and little remains of what was once an unassailable Christian fortress, dating back to the times of Felipe II.
Some fragments of the Wall remain, two magnificent cubes and the beautiful arch at the entrance gate (Arco de Bezudo)
The Cathedral

This is the most spectacular monument in Cuenca. Its construction began at the end of the XII century, but the main core took shape during the thirteenth; in the fourteenth the naves going from the transept to the front were erected; the retro-choir was transformed to adapt the original structure to the new aesthetic conceptions. This building´s first façade was also built around that time and later replaced during the XVIII century by another one which had to be demolished in the early twentieth century.
During the last decades there have been periodic renovations which in the end give it the current unfinished appearance. None of the four towers of this temple are still standing, except for the bottom part of the Angel Tower. Altogether, the cathedral is the final result of a complex series of architectural contributions; originally of Norman Gothic style, of which the original cross vault still remains and, specially, the unique clerestory; a series of chapels that cover the side aisles, were built between the sixteenth and seventeenth century, the most important being the Apostles´, the Holy Ghost´s and the Knights´ chapels, apart from noble rooms such as the Sacristy or the Chapter room; most of these areas have splendid ironwork at the entrance, this attests to the importance of the workshops which specialized in that type of work in Cuenca at the time. The centre of the temple is occupied by the choir, a magnificent woodcarving and, opposite, the Main Chapel, with a neoclassical altar which was designed by Ventura Rodriguez using the Transparent technique allowing us to see the other side of el Arca de Plata (Silver Ark) with the remains of San Julian (saint Julian); the Chapel is enclosed by impressive ironwork, certainly some of the best that can be found in Spanish temples.
Next to the central building block is the cloister, nowadays open, recently restored and accessible through el Arco de Jamete (arch), considered by specialists to be the best architectural element in the cathedral. As a supplement to the visit you can see the Cathedral Treasure, located in the Sacristy, with a small but valuable display of sacred art: table of la Virgen de la Leche (Painting of the Virgin with Child), a Dolorosa by Pedro de Mena, sacred ornaments, etc.
Cerro de Socorro (hilltop)

Excellent viewpoint of the town, At the top is the Sagrado Corazon de Jesus (Sacred Heart). Accessible by road from the road travelling to Palomera and also on foot along a path, starting at San Pablo´s Convent, now a Country Inn
Convent of the Slaves

In the 'anteplaza', next to the Plaza Mayor, The Convent of the Holiest Slaves of the Holiest Sacrament.
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