Museums of Cuenca!

Ok so even thus told you about them briefly in previous general posts on Cuenca, I feel that on one of my favorite cities in Spain to tell you about their museums we like in a bit more details. So, therefore, here are my version of the museums of Cuenca, in Castilla La Mancha of course!

The Museum of Spanish Abstract Art . The bit of history is that in 1961 Fernando Zóbel (full name Fernando Zóbel de Ayala y Montojo Torrontegui ) looking for the right location for an abstract art museum, and in June 1963 his friend, the Cuenca artist Gustavo Torner (see his art center post San Pablo), suggested the location of the museum in one of the Hanging Houses of Cuenca, where the Museum of Spanish Abstract Art (Museo de Arte Abstracto Espanol) was opened to the public on July 1, 1966. The property of the building is the City of Cuenca, who rented it for a symbolic amount. Initially there were a dozen sculptures and a hundred paintings that Fernando Zobel had previously gathered, although not less than half were exhibited, with the intention of always applying a slow rotation of the funds. In 1978 an extension was carried out, so that the Museum reopened. That same year of 1978, the Fundación Juan March took charge of the funds and its management, by donation from Fernando Zóbel, who also delivered more than 3,500 specialized books. The current manager, the Juan March Foundation, has continued to expand the funds, so that now there are more than 1,500 works belonging to the Museum’s funds, of which 515 are paintings or sculptures. An important collection of printed graphic work, in its beginnings by Abel Martín, later by other screen printers such as Javier Cebrián. Since 1994, and as a result of a series of improvements and extensions, the Museum has a specific room for temporary exhibitions that complements the permanent exhibition. And of course, the Casas Colgadas are in additional attraction to come here!

Official March foundation on the Museum

Tourist office Province of Cuenca on the Museum

Tourist office of Castilla La Mancha region on the Museum

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Museo de Cuenca museum is located in the Casa del Curato in the San Martín neighborhood, it is a space created to deepen the history, traditions and culture of the province of Cuenca. Inaugurated in 1974, it has three sections: Archeology, Ethnology and Fine Arts. It’s numismatic collection is also remarkable.  Each floor of the building shows a different historical period, the first is reserved for archaeological discoveries of prehistory and the second shows the passage of the Romans through the province. Finally, the third floor covers the period from the fall of the Roman Empire to the 18C.

The breakdown is as follows:

Ground floor (1fl US): It is dedicated to Prehistory, from the Paleolithic to the Iron Age. The findings of the Verdelpino shelter (Valdecabras) stand out, which is a very significant deposit of the Neolithic peninsular. Of the Bronze Age  the idol of Chillarón and the sword of Carboneras stand out, whereas of the Iron Age  a model of the deposit of the source of the Mota is exposed , and diverse findings of the necropolis of the Hill of the Virgin.

First floor (2fl US): It is dedicated to the Roman world, being of special interest the three rooms dedicated to the three main Roman cities of the province of Cuenca: Segóbriga, Ercávica and Valeria. In them, in addition to a good number of materials found in the sites, you can see how a Roman city was born, how its public and private spaces are and what activities were developed in them. Also worth mentioning is the statue of Lucio César, executed in marble.

Second floor (3fl US): Rests from the 3C to the 18C are exhibited and the countryside of the Roman world and the traces left by the Visigoths, the Arabs and the later Christian settlers in the territory of Cuenca can be seen through the exposed materials.

Province of Cuenca tourism on the museum

Tourist office of Castilla La Mancha region on the museum

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Museo Tesoro-Catedral museum (Cathedral’s treasury) is located in the Episcopal Palace, adjacent to the Cathedral of Santa María and San Julián (see post), it houses a collection of paintings, tapestries and ancient ecclesiastical documents from the entire Diocese of Cuenca.The entrance is done thru the street Calle Obispo Valero.  It is the appropriate complement to the visit of the Cathedral, since it contains important works of art of all kinds: painting, altarpieces, goldsmiths, tapestries, carpets, etc., from churches throughout the diocese, with a modern museum organization and very attractive. It will highlight a collection of tables by Juan de Borgoña, two works by El Greco, paintings by Martín Gómez, Gerard David and many other anonymous works; Among the imagery, we highlight a Resurrection by Diego de Tiedra; impressive collection of chalices and monstrance’s, with special mention to those worn by the punches of the Becerril family, as well as liturgical utensils: incense burners, processional crosses, bells, etc. Perhaps the most outstanding piece is the so-called Byzantine Diptych or Reliquary of the Despots of Epirus, from the 16C. It possesses an extraordinary collection of tapestries and another one of carpets, exhibited in its greater part of the Conquense School that reached its culminating point of production between the 16C and 18C.

Official Cathedral of Cuenca treasury museum

Province of Cuenca tourism on the Treasury museum

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Museo Fundación Antonio Pérez . In 1998 it began its history located in the former Convent of the Discalced Carmelites, it houses the particular collection of contemporary works of art by the artist Antonio Pérez. The important art collection of Antonio Pérez composed of paintings by painters as important as Saura, Millares, Feito or Gordillo. A museum whose initial collection of painting, sculpture, photography, graphic work and artist’s books has increased dramatically during the  years the museum has been in operation. Today there are already more than three thousand works of art, the result of this initial collection and other acquisitions and donations that the museum has been obtaining over the years. The Antonio Pérez Foundation has had its offsprings such as in San Clemente with the Museum of Graphic Art, and in Huete , the Photography museum. Both easily reach from Cuenca.

Official Antonio Perez Foundation on the museum

Province of Cuenca tourism on the Foundation museum

Tourist office of Castilla La Mancha region on the foundation museum

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Another nice museum that not the time to see inside just walk around it and read about but it might be useful for others and for me a reminder to stop by is the Museo Palenteologico de Castilla La Mancha inCuenca.

On the Cerro Molina hill there is the Palaeontology Museum of Castilla La Mancha, a space that also offers excellent panoramic views of the city. In its almost 4,000 square meters are exposed more than 200 fossils, from the paleontological sites of Las Hoyas and Lo Hueco. There are also life-size replicas of dinosaurs and other prehistoric species, being an essential stop on the Ruta de los Dinosaurios (dinosaurs route) in Cuenca.

Official MUPA of Castilla La Mancha on the museum

Province of Cuenca tourism on the museum

There you go, some nice museums to see in lovely Cuenca Unesco heritage site and very quant,nice, as a typical Castilian town should be. Enjoy the museums of Cuenca !

The tourist office of Cuenca general view on its museums is here : Tourist office of Cuenca on its museums

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

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4 Comments to “Museums of Cuenca!”

  1. Not the most obvious place to visit, but it looks like it has plenty to offer to tourists and locals. 👍

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  2. One of my favourite Spanish cities also!

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