The Museo de Arte Abstracto Español (Museum of Spanish Abstract Art) opened in 1966. Maintained by the Fundación Juan March, the museum is a collection of fabulous art work, such as, paintings, sculptures and more. The museum is located at the Hanging Houses of Cuenca or the Casas Colgadas, at a 15th-century building. The collection was started by Fernando Zobel who personally chose each piece on display. Some of the artists are- Sempere, Tàpies, Torner and Millares. The museum also has a number of paintings and other works of art as well as a number of books.
Hanging Houses of Cuenca used to be a common phenomenon in the ancient city. With origins dating back to the 15th-century, a cluster of only three such houses remain today. Gothic in nature, these structures showcase excellent wooden work. Apart from previously being used as residential homes, the Hanging Houses today host the Museo de Arte Abstracto Español and a meson restaurant known as Casa de la Sirena.
The beautiful Cuenca Cathedral attract visitors all year round due to its unique architecture and religious significance. This Gothic structure is one of the city' prime attractions and include detailed sculptures and artwork. Call ahead for more details.
Located near the Parque Santa Ana, the Plaza de Toros de Cuenca is a popular bullring in the region. Bull fighting is simultaneously an adored and detested sport in Spain, and the world, but if there is a match, then most often than not, the ring will be crowded. People line-up to see the brave matadors take on the aggression and rage of the charging bull. Visitors to Cuenca will discover a little more about the culture and heritage of Spain by paying a visit to the Plaza de Toros here. This bullring is also used for various cultural events.
Cuenca is a truly stunning old city in Castilla-La Mancha, not to be missed for its Cathedral and Hanging Houses. While you're there you might catch a cultural fair or concert at this ultra modern Convention Center. They host the Annual Book Fair as well as some big name performers.
The medieval fortified city of Cuenca was built by the Moors, later conquered by the Castillans it evolved into a royal town in the 12th century. As a result of royal patronage, the town flourished as a socio-economic, cultural and religious center. The unique blend of secular and religious buildings that were built between the 12th and 18th centuries within the landscaped fortress town are truly impressive. The town underwent several changes from a prosperous military settlement, economic center and religious hub each stage leaving a mark on the fabric of the city. The town is divided into the tightly packed upper town and the more open lower town. Places of interest include the Cathedral of Our Lady of Grace and Saint Julian, Bridge of Saint Paul, Bishop's Palace, The Castle and the typical Hanging Houses.
The Cuenca Old Town sits aloft a rock flaked by massive river gorges on each side. Part of the city of Cuenca, the old town is unique and includes a number of historic buildings and structure. A must visit for all architecture and history buffs coming into the city.