The old castle of Cuenca!

And let me tell you about a nice old ruins overlooking a wonderful view of the city of Cuenca, in Castilla La Mancha, my beloved Spain. This is the remnants of an old castle that is worth a detour.

In the heat ,they tell you to go high for breezes and cooler air, well not here, high is direct sunshine and hot so you are better off getting here early in the mornint or late in the evening. However, do get here, you will love it.

I am talking about the old ruined castle of Cuenca. We came to love this town after staying nearby for a couple times in our trips down to sunny Spain.

A bit of history I like and tell

The castle is located at the top of the city, between the two gorges, and what remains of it is just two cubic constructions, remnants of the walls   and the Bezudo Arch which retains a shield with fleece. It was an Arab/Moors fortress and conquered by king Alfonso VIII in the 12C, the last reform occurred at the time of king Felipe II.

The ruins of the Castillo de Cuenca are located at the top of Cuenca, between the famous Castillo District and the Calle del Trabuco. It was called Calle del Trabuco because it was installed in the Church of San Pedro a lombard or Trunk to defend the city from the attacks of D. Diego Hurtado de Mendoza.

Cuenca

Its origin goes back to the Arabs/Moors to be conquered by king Alfonso VIII in 1177, changing its structure to that of a medieval Christian fortress. In 1325 king Alfonso XI gave it to Don Juan, son of Don Juan Manuel.

Finally, the Catholic Monarchs ordered the demolition, perhaps to end the defensive places of the feudal lords to end up with their intrigues and disloyalties. But above all, his demolition was a symbol of the fall of the power of the Hurtado de Mendoza. And this does not end here The last demolitions the structure suffered was during the Neapolitan invasion.

Today, the ruins of the castle of Cuenca are equipped with stoney square steps stairs by which you can ascend to the highest part of the wall to access the viewpoint with some of the best views of the city to the gorges of the Jùcar river and the Huécar river at the same time. The part of the Huécar River gives us views of the hanging houses (casas colgadas), the bridge of San Pablo (St. Paul) and the Church of St. Paul (San Pablo). While at the other end of the viewpoint we can contemplate the wonderful and refreshing sickle of the Jùcar river along with its well-known Ojos de la Mora (eyes of the moor).

Cuenca

Cuenca

The Arch entry that makes the gate of the castle was baptized as Arch of the brothers Rodríguez   Bezudo, in memory to the death of these in the taking of the city by king Alfonso VI. According to historical accounts, one of them died in the assault on this fortress while the other was named governor. At present you will see a cobbled plaque with the name Arco de Bezudo.

Cuenca

Very close to the Bezudo Arch , in a privileged position on the sickle of the Huécar, one finds what was the prison of the Inquisition becoming later the Provincial prison. Currently, this building is the Provincial Historical archive of Cuenca. In its entrance there is a statue of Fray Luis de León commemorating the four centenary of his death.

 

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are

Tourist Office Castilla La Mancha on castle

Tourist office of Spain on the castle of Cuenca

We had nice souvenirs climbing the steep hilly road the first time to reach this castle to find out there was a parking on top next to it lol! Well we came back ,and parked on top ! Either way is a great walk , again do it on the shade of the day. Enjoy Cuenca as we did and still many nice souvenirs of it.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

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One Comment to “The old castle of Cuenca!”

  1. You do find some lovely and interesting places. 👍

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