The Church San Pedro of Cuenca!

Well if you have been reading my blog, for which I thank you; you know my sentimental attachment to Cuenca and many family vacations. I ,also, have, several posts on the city and surrounding areas in Castilla La Mancha autonomous community. However, there was one older post crammed with several churches of great architectural and historical value that I have decided to spin off into individual posts giving them the credit they deserve in my blog. Hope you enjoy each of them as we did!

The Church of San Pedro (St Peter) is located in the highest part of Cuenca. It must have been built with three naves and a tower at the foot shortly after the city was conquered by king Alfonso VIII.  The  Chapel of San Marcos,  which,  according to the frieze,  was completed in 1604, is covered with a magnificent octagonal coffered  ceiling in the Mudejar tradition.  Later, this chapel became the property of the counts of Toreno.
 

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The original church building was built shortly after Alfonso VIII entered Cuenca in 1177, making it the oldest church in the city. That building was completely destroyed after it was bombarded from the Cuenca Castle (see post) during the battle between Castilians and Aragonese in 1449. In the 15C, a new Gothic-style church was built, which was remodeled several times in the following years to beautify one of the chapels with plasterwork and renovate the tower, which was found to be in terrible condition. In the 18C, the church was completely refurbished and acquired its current form, with a body of bells included. At the end of the 20C, the church had to be restored again, since it suffered serious damage during the Spanish Civil War.

In the 17C, the Church San Pedro tower was in such poor condition that it threatened to collapse. At the end of 1660, it was decided to rebuild it as soon as possible. The tower, which is made up of three decreasing bodies, was finished off at the end of the 18C with a body of bells. The remodeling of the old church, of which the coffered ceiling of the chapel of the counts of Toreno remains, which is a work from the end of the 16C, as well as the bell tower, The ascent to the bell tower is accessed through 20 straight stone steps and 69 iron steps that form a spiral helix.

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During the last restoration works, carried out in 1999, remains of the walls of the buildings from the 12C and 15C were found, as well as the cemetery that functioned in the temple until the 19C. Located under the altar of Cristo de la Vera Cruz, (Christ of the True Cross) it is a true viewpoint to the past of the church. Differentiated with different colors you can see three layers, corresponding to the churches of the 12C, 15C and 18C. In the deepest layer you can see an anthropomorphic tomb belonging to the medieval church and at an intermediate level you can see three boxes found in children’s burials corresponding to the Gothic period.

In the bell tower, you can see the three 19C bells installed after the Spanish Civil War. The largest of them is called Santa Cruz. It was cast in 1853 and has a weight of 230 kg and a diameter of 75 cm. Due to a crack, the sound of this bell was impoverished, so, in 2008, a fourth bell of the same weight and size as the one currently rung was added to the set.

The Castilla La Mancha regional tourist office on the St Peter’s Churchhttp://en.www.turismocastillalamancha.es/patrimonio/iglesia-de-san-pedro-29964/descripcion/

The Parish Diocese of Cuenca on San Pedro y Santiagohttps://www.diocesisdecuenca.es/parroquia/parroquia-de-santiago-y-san-pedro/

There you go folks, a dandy nice Church San Pedro in wonderful Cuenca; we love it. There is so much to see in this Unesco World Heritage Site indeed. Hope you enjoy the post as much as I did. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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