Spain’s Medieval Clift-Top Skyscrapers

Spain’s Medieval Clift-Top Skyscrapers.

The historic Spanish walled city of Cuenca is a city in the autonomous community of Castile–La Mancha in central Spain, 85 miles East of Madrid. It is the capital of the province of Cuenca, built by the Moors in a defensive position at the heart of the Caliphate of Cordoba. It is an unusually well-preserved medieval fortified city. Conquered by the Castilians in the 12th century, it became a royal town and bishopric endowed with important buildings, such as Spain’s first Gothic cathedral, and the famous casas colgadas (hanging houses), suspended from sheer cliffs overlooking the Huécar river. Taking full advantage of its location, the city towers above the magnificent countryside. Despite its age and Unesco listing in 1996, Cuenca has somewhat ironically established itself as a vortex of abstract modern art. Two of its most iconic buildings have transformed their interiors into the modern Spanish Museum of Abstract Arts and restaurants.

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