Hanging Houses of Cuenca

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The Casas Colgadas.
Night view.

The Casas Colgadas (Hanged Houses), also known as Casas Voladas, Casas del Rey and, erroneously, Casas Colgantes, is a complex of houses located in Cuenca, Spain.[1] In the past, houses of this kind were frequent along the eastern border of the ancient city, located near the ravine of the river Huécar. Today, however, there are only a few of them remaining. Of all of these structures, the most well-known is a group of three with wooden balconies.[2]

Their origin remains uncertain, though there is proof of their existence in the 15th century. Throughout their history they have been refurbished several times. The most recent took place during the 1920s.[2]

They have been used as individual homes, council houses, and currently the host to a mesón, a type of restaurant, and the Museo de Arte Abstracto Español (Spanish Abstract Art Museum), in Cuenca.[2]

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Notes

  1. ^ José Luis Muñoz; Museo de Arte Abstracto Español (1 January 1979). Las casas colgadas de Cuenca. Museo de Arte Abstracto Español. p. 13. 
  2. ^ a b c Pedro Miguel Ibáñez Martínez. Las Casas Colgadas y el Museo de Arte Abstracto Español. Ediciones de la Universidad de Castilla La Mancha. pp. 334–. ISBN 978-84-9044-180-0. 

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