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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The City of Cuenca - A Place of Historic Interest in Spain


 by:MIRO


The city of Cuenca which is located in Central Spain, and happens to be one of the largest provinces and covers an area of approximately 17,000 sq kms.

Like most other Spanish provinces, even Cuenca was under the rule of Romans and Moors and later Christians took over this city. Apparantly, the Moors recognized its strategic location and they started to protect the city by building forts. Cuenca is clearly rich in heritage buildings and is also known for its beautiful environment and areas of natural outstanding beauty. Head into Cuenca by visiting "Our lady of Grace Cathedral", which is believed to have been constructed during 1182 to 1270. The main façade of the building was reconstructed in 1902 and local historians believe that this is the first Gothic style cathedral in the region. The cathedral has undergone many changes that were carried out by successive civilizations, and there is a sign of "Unum ex septem" inside the cathedral. It is said that people who pray look at this sign of "Unum ex septem", and would get forgiveness from their sins for five years.

Church of Saint Peter:

It is believed that the Church of Saint Peter was built by Jose Martin during the 18th century. It is located at a place called Plaza del Trabuco and the façade of the church is just beautifully designed. The entire church is designed in an octagonal shape from the outside perspective, while inside the church it is circular in shape.

Bishop's Palace:

The palace is again just beautifully designed and has a museum where rare works of art are shown on display and believed that some of the art works were lost in the Spanish war. Some of the most beautiful works of handicraft made on carpet are on display in this palace. Come and check it out.

Seminary:

The seminary is popular for its baroque façade and was built in the year 1745, in the shape of a rectangular building. This is one of the Seminaries which have collection of numerous religious books dating back to the year 1501. There is a meeting room which is built in typical Gothic architecture. Normally visitors are not allowed inside the meeting room. Every year more than 15 priests are trained in this Seminary. Managana Tower: At the outset, there are no historical records to verify when this tower was built. However, going by the available information, historians believe that the tower was built earlier to the year 1565. Visitors should not miss this Managana Tower because of its architectural beauty. It is also the most ideal viewpoint to have a glimpse of the places around Cuenca.

For those seeking a slightly different kind of trip to Spain, then considering visiting the above churches on your tour around central Spain.

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