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Hanging Houses of Cuenca

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Location type: Gebouw
Location address: España, Cuenca
Number of texts: 2
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The Casas Colgadas (Hanging Houses), also known as Casas Voladas, Casas del Rey and, erroneusly, Casas Colgantes, is a complex of houses located in Cuenca, Spain. 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.

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Linked themes: Architecture, Geography

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Starting in about the 15th century, space in the hilly city of Cuenca, Spain began to run out. Over the next 300 hundred years or so, as Cuenca continued to grow, the builders began to get a bit more creative in finding space, by constructing their buildings to hang out over the edge of cliffs. Many of these hanging houses would contain seven or eight stories, all stacked atop the air above the valley below.

Linked themes: Geography, Architecture, History

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