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Parallel Texts Cuenca Parte 1 Introducción

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Cuenca es una ciudad en el centro de España, y también la capital de la provincia del mismo nombre, una de las mayores provincias de España. La histórica ciudad amurallada de Cuenca ha sido declarada Patrimonio de la Humanidad por la UNESCO, y contiene lo más turístico de la ciudad : Las Casas Colgadas. Desde las calles medievales de la Ciudad Alta se pueden observar unas vistas espectaculares de la ciudad y de las llanuras de Castilla-La Mancha.

En tiempos del Imperio Romano, el lugar donde Cuenca se encuentra hoy estaba deshabitado. Las tropas musulmanas conquistaron la zona en el año 714 y se dieron cuenta del valor de su ubicación estratégica. Ellos construyeron la Conca Alcazaba, una fortaleza árabe entre dos barrancos entre los ríos Júcar y Huécar, y rodeada por un muro de un kilometro de largo. Cuenca pronto se convirtió en una importante ciudad manufacturera agrícola y textil.

Las calles medievales de Cuenca están llenas de fuentes, arcos y calles estrechas con un encanto especial. Además de las Casas Colgadas hay muchos otros lugares dignos de ser visitados, como el Museo Provincial, la Casa del Curato, el Museo Diocesano y el Palacio del Obispo. En el camino hacia el punto más alto en la ciudad hay algunos edificios religiosos de gran interés como las iglesias de San Miguel, San Nicolás y San Pedro, y la ermita de Nuestra Señora de las Angustias. También puedes subir a la Plaza de la Torre Mangana, antigua atalaya conquense y uno de los símbolos de la ciudad, visible desde cualquier otro punto.

Un buen momento para visitar Cuenca es durante la Semana de Música Religiosa, un Festival que tiene lugar en Semana Santa. Varios lugares en toda la ciudad cuentan con una gran variedad de artistas diferentes y éstos incluyen el Auditorio de Cuenca, la iglesia de San Miguel y el Museo de Arte Abstracto Español. La Semana Santa es también un buen momento para visitar cualquier ciudad española, ya que se pueden ver procesiones y las calles de toda España están repletas de gente.

In English:

Cuenca is a city in central Spain and also the capital of the province of the same name, one of the largest provinces in Spain. The historical old walled town of Cuenca has been given the UNESCO World Heritage stamp and contains the city’s biggest tourist draw – “Las Casas Colgadas” (The Hanging Houses). Beautiful views can be had from the medieval streets of the upper city over the city below and the plains of Castilla-La Mancha.

Under the Roman Empire the place where Cuenca is located today was uninhabited. Muslim troops conquered the area in 714 and realized the value of its strategic location. They built “Conca Alcazaba” (Arabic fortress) between two gorges between the Júcar and Huécar rivers, surrounded by a one km long wall. Cuenca soon became an important agricultural and textile manufacturing city.

Cuenca’s medieval streets are packed with charming fountains, arches and narrow streets. As well as the Casas Colgadas there are many other places worth a visit such as the Provincial Museum, Casa del Curato, the Diocesan Museum and the Bishop’s Palace. On the way to the highest point in the city there are some very interesting religious buildings such as the churches of San Miguel, San Nicolás and San Pedro and the hermitage of Nuestra Señora de las Angustias. You can also climb to the Plaza de la Torre Mangana, a former watchtower for Cuenca and one of the symbols of the city, visible from any other point.

A good time to visit Cuenca is during the Religious Music Week, a Festival which takes place at Easter. Various venues across the city house a variety of different performers and these include the Cuenca Auditorium, the church of San Miguel and the Museum of Spanish Abstract Art. Easter is also a fine time to visit any Spanish city as you can see processions and the streets all over Spain are filled with people.

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