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[an error occurred while processing this directive][an error occurred while processing this directive] Historic Walled Town of Cuenca is a World Heritage Site in the province of Cuenca, in the autonomous community of Castile-La Mancha, Spain.


Cathedral of Cuenca, Spain
Cathedral of Cuenca, Spain
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Cuenca, which presently is the capital of Cuenca Province, is a city with a history going back to the Roman period. It was captured by Muslim Arabs in AD 714, and then by the Castilians in the 12th century, after which it became a royal town.

Today Cuenca has numerous historical buildings, including the first Gothic cathedral in Spain. It is famous for its casa colgadas, or hanging houses, which were built suspended from the cliffs overlooking the Huécar river.


Casa colgadas, Cuenca
Casa colgadas, Cuenca
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authorshipJuan Manuel Monleón Antón
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World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Historic Walled Town of Cuenca was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 20th session of the World Heritage Committee in Mérida, Mexico, on 2 - 7 December, 1996.

Location: N40 4 35.832 W2 7 54.264 in the Province of Cuenca, in the Autonomous Community of Castile-La Mancha.
Inscription Year: 1996
Type: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: II, V
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