A monument and a river in Cuenca!!

And continuing digging into my vault of one of my favorite cities of my dear Spain. I came up with more on Cuenca! We did some driving up a hill and walks along a river and not yet in my blog. So , therefore, here is my take on the Monument to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and the Huécar river gorge of Cuenca!!

There is a great nice monument up in the Socorro hill of Cuenca, where there is a huge Christ on the very top. This is Spain still. The Monumento al Sagrado Corazón de Jesús , on the hill going up road of San Pablo, or the Monument to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

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It is a statue built in honor of Jesus of Nazareth at the top of the Socorro hill, at an altitude of 1,147 meters. The works began in the summer of 1951 and after great local effort was completed and consecrated on July 14, 1957

The 30- meter high monument consists of a 20 meter pedestal made of stone from the Cuenca quarries, on top of which stands a stone statue of Torrubia del Campo. The statue is crowned by a halo of galvanized iron. cross-shaped 8 meters in diameter and 2 meters high. At the base of the work is an image of the Virgen del Socorro or Virgin of Perpetual Help. At the top of the Socorro hill, at the foot of the monument, there is a viewpoint from which you can see the old town of Cuenca !

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The Hoz de Jucàr carved from the Huécar river in Cuenca. The Huécar river is 14 km long, a tributary of the Júcar (see post). Its basin extends through the province of Cuenca, in the autonomous community of Castilla-La Mancha. It is born in the towns of Cuenca de Buenache de la Sierra and Palomera. The source of the Huécar river is found about 3 km from the town, in the area of ​​Ojo de Mejía, up there above Palomera, up to the present-day Trinity garden or Jardin de la Trinidad or site of Remedios.

After some 15 km of extension, its waters flow into the Júcar river, as it passes through the basin of Cuenca. It forms the Hoz del Huécar, a gorge about a hundred meters deep on which the Casas Colgadas or Hanging Houses and the Puente San Pablo Bridge are located (see posts).  At the beginning of the 20C, it caused several overflows, so in the middle of it the last km was channeled, since it is the one that runs within the city of Cuenca. To maintain its urban route with water, a tunnel excavated in limestone has been used and which crosses under the historic center of the city to transfer water from the Júcar River, to which it returns it at its mouth a km later. The tunnel pours the water through an artificial waterfall located under the Casas Colgadas or Hanging Houses.

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You can have a nice walk which we did along the Huécar river inside the gorge ,and continue parallel to the river until a point where you cross it by a small bridge to continue later on its left side. If you go a little further, you will see an indication of the cave. After climbing a few meters along a dirt path, you will see the entrance to the Cueva del Moro or Moors’s cave on the right hand side and a plaque indicating that the name could have been due to being used as a shelter or home.Nice walk in nature !!

The Cuenca tourist office on the Huécarhttps://visitacuenca.es/es/content/descubre-ciudad-y-paisaje-urbano/hoces-de-los-rios-jucar-y-huecar

There you go folks, another dandy episode of our road warrior travels in wonderful Cuenca, a must to visit I say! Hope you enjoy this nature and historical other view of Cuenca in stunning Castilla La Mancha of my dear Spain.

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

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