Cuencais a townof Spain,capital of the provinceof Cuenca,in the autonomous communityof Castile-La Mancha. Cuenca isone ofSpain’s most beautifulmedieval cities, declaredheritage of humanityby UNESCO andlocated at the entranceof the mountainous regionof the same name, betweenthe JúcarRiverand its tributary theHuécar.
In the nineteenthcentury, afortresscalledConcawas atthis location,builtby Muslimswho depended onValenciaemiratein the time ofTaifakings.This fortresswilllater under thepower of the kingof SevilleAl-Maramitandthe handsof the Almoravidsfinallyto thoseof Alfonso VIIIof Castile, who added herown areasin 1177.
Alfonso X“TheWise” in Cuencaconcededthe title of city. Itundergoes manyseats andwas sacked by theFrenchtroops duringthe War of Independence. Itwas besieged and takenbythe Carlistsin 1874,destroying partof the wall.
The Hanging Housesarethe originalityof the city.Built in thefourteenth century andwell restored, they overlook therocky wallofthe Júcar Rivergorge.They housea restaurantandabstract artmuseum.Theyhave earned thewalled citytobe declareda World Heritage Siteby UNESCO.
A beautiful viewisto be takenfrom the bridge ofSan Pablo.