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‘Cuenca - Puente de San Pablo - gateway to the old town’

The Puente de San Pablo (Saint Paul Bridge) crosses the river Huécar and leads to the old town of Cuenca. It was built between 1533 and 1589 to connect the Convento de San Pablo (Saint Paul Convent) with the town. When this first bridge collapsed, another one in iron and wood was built in 1902.

This is the bridge we can see today. It’s an important part of the heritage of Cuenca and provides in a fantastic way access to the old town.
The most beautiful way to start a visit of the historical part of Cuenca is leaving the new town and following the river Huécar, then taking the road uphill to the parador (= the old Convent of San Pablo) and then crossing the canyon by the Puente de San Pablo.

From the bridge one has a great view of the famous Casas Colgadas (Hanging Houses). On the picture you can see this group of three houses with their wooden balconies hanging over the canyon.
Their origin remains uncertain but there is proof of their existence from the 15th century.

On TE other travellers have posted already several pictures of these wonderful hanging houses. But I didn’t find another picture taken from this point of view.
Like my previous photo (‘Ancient skyscrapers') I also took this one on top of the hill where the statue of Christ is. This top is accessible by a small path starting behind the parador.
From there I really enjoyed the great views over the old and the new town and the beautiful surrounding nature.

On top of this picture you also see the cathedral of Cuenca and a small part of the Plaza Mayor.

This information can be found on different pages of the free encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
I hope that all TE-visitors who like to travel and who haven’t been in Cuenca yet, will once be able to enjoy a visit.

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