San Clemente, Province of Cuenca, Castilla La Mancha!

And here I am again with the continuing story of Cuenca Province and Castilla La Mancha, Don Quijote and all; this is a road warrior’s delight into the heart of Spain. We went on by car on the edges of the Province of Cuenca along the N310 in San Clemente.

This was the highlight of the trip, not only because of the ride into a more built-up city or the fine buildings, but we had a great lunch at a wonderful place we marked down to come back! The city hall page is here:

The town is very old going back into pre history. Here the Romans and Moors and once conquered back Christian, they found a wooden Virgin near a old castle ruin and call it Virgen de Rus, (for the old castle) now the town Patron’s Saint. As the town sided with queen Isabel I the Catholic, it was given special privileges and town status independent of others since 1479. Key city in the war of independence from Napoleon’s France at the end in 1814 was given judicial power city one of 12 in the area for been loyal to the Spanish Crown.  During the Spanish Civil War, there were aerodrome built here mostly of Russian make for the Republican losing side.

It has a huge inventory of historical buildings and has been declared a city of national interest in Spain. One of these buildings is the Casa Consistorial ,renaissance from the 16C . The bottom floor is the local archive and the other floors there is a Graphics arts museum. It is in the Plaza Mayor.

The relevant building here is the Church Santiago Apostol, reinaissance from the 16C.  Three levels with the last retouches from the baroque of the 17C.  It covers quite a bit of space going from the Plaza Mayor to the Plaza de la Iglesia.

There is a tower in the plaza Mayor  or Torre Vieja, (old tower) built in the 15C before 1445. It is now the Tourist Office and the Museum of Etnography of Labranza.

We walked by the Monasterio de Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion, the Convent of San José y Santa Ana (Founded by Carmelites in  1617), Monasterio de los Angeles (Founded in 1588 by Trinitarians), Old Prison building ( done in 1588 united by the arches), and the Plaza de Toros! (built in 1908), and needed more time. More on the bullfights arena here:

The wonderful city hall ,Mercado del Abasto market, el Posito (old bakeries and butcheries housing grains in second level and meats in first level) , the nice looking gate arches coming out from the Plaza Mayor just nice; the City/town hall of plateresque style architecture ; and of course the Cerveceria El Carmen where we had our lunch for the day !  Plenty of tapas chorizos fritos, omelettes of potatoes tortillas de patata, ham croquettes, etc and the nice cold beers just what the summer calls for it,and all under 9€ per person! Nice ::) The first one on the town’s Tourist page here:

There is plenty to see here for more than a day, maybe two. The pages are in Spanish :

And the above site has a map you can enlarge to see all points of interest; here it is:

Once again, this is wonderful, this is life. I ended our tour for the day and headed back to our house in the Serrania de Cuenca at Las Majadas. Very nice ride, good fun for the family and a lot passed on for future generations on my beloved Spain. Ahh yes don’t forget this is the Province of Cuenca, Autonomous region of Castilla La Mancha, Spain; everything under the sun. Cheers y’all!

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4 Comments to “San Clemente, Province of Cuenca, Castilla La Mancha!”

  1. I had never heard of Virgin de Rus. Just when you think you know the all…

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  2. We hope to stop in Fátima on our tour of Portugal this winter.


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