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Writing about a Spanish city: Cuenca
I would like to write about Cuenca briefly. Cuenca is a medieval fortified city which was built by the Moors and it was declared World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1996. Cuenca is located on a high unconquerable hill and it is surrounded by two rivers: the Júcar and Huécar rivers. However, it was conquered by the Castilians in the 12th century.
We can admire many buildings built during different periods, such as Spain’s first Gothic cathedral whose towers were not finished; the convent of Las Petras; the Town Hall, which is a building from the 18th century; or the Tower of Mangana, that is an emblematic structure built in the 16th century. The Casas Colgadas (Hanging Houses) are the most emblematic and well known buildings though. This rich collection of religious and civil architectures are dated from the 12th to the 18th centuries.
No sooner do you see the typical houses in the San Martín Quarter than you think of skyscrapers as if you were in a city in the United States, because of their verticality when you see them from the Huécar river gorge.
Besides, you can visit some museums. One of them, the Museo de Arte Abstracto, is situated in the Casas Colgadas where you can admire Fernando Zobel’s personal collection of Spanish abstract art.
If you come to Cuenca, you cannot forget to discover the “Eye of Mordor”, a painting done on a rock in one of Júcar river banks.
To sum up, Cuenca is considered to be one of the most beautiful and well-preserved medieval fortified cities.
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