Province of Cuenca

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Not to be confused with Cuenca, Ecuador or César Cuenca.
Cuenca provincial parliament
Cuenca provincial parliament
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Coat of arms of Cuenca
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Map of Spain with Cuenca highlighted
Map of Spain with Cuenca highlighted
Coordinates: 40°00′N 2°00′W / 40.000°N 2.000°W / 40.000; -2.000Coordinates: 40°00′N 2°00′W / 40.000°N 2.000°W / 40.000; -2.000
Country Spain
Autonomous community Castilla-La Mancha Castilla-La Mancha
Capital Cuenca
 • President Juan Manuel Ávila Francés (PSOE)
 • Total 17,141 km2 (6,618 sq mi)
Area rank Ranked 5th
Population (2012)
 • Total 218,036
 • Rank Ranked 44th
 • Density 13/km2 (33/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Spanish: Conquense
Official language(s) Spanish
Parliament Cortes Generales

Cuenca is a province of central Spain, in the eastern part of the autonomous community of Castilla-La Mancha.


The province is bordered by the provinces of Valencia (including its exclave Rincón de Ademuz), Albacete, Ciudad Real, Toledo, Madrid, Guadalajara, and Teruel. The northeastern side of the province is in the mountainous Sistema Ibérico area.

211,375 people (2007) live in the province. Its capital is Cuenca, where nearly a quarter of the population live, some 52,980 people. There are 238 municipalities in Cuenca.

Other populous towns and municipalities include Tarancón, San Clemente, Quintanar del Rey, Huete, Villanueva de la Jara, Motilla del Palancar, Mota del Cuervo, La Almarcha and Las Pedroñeras.

Cuenca Cathedra (built from 1182 to 1270), located in the city of Cuenca.


In 1851 Cuenca lost Requena-Utiel to the neighbouring Valencia Province with which it was developing commercial ties. Nevertheless, Requena-Utiel remained Spanish-speaking (rather than Valencian), while the loss of its most dynamic region left the province of Cuenca relatively underdeveloped economically.

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