Photographer's Note

CUENCA is a city we defintely wanted to include on our Spanish trip, partly for sentimental reasons as it was a highlight on the very first trip my (then still future) wife and I made a long time ago. We stayed in a wonderful place, an old cloister now a hotel, and we wanted to stay there again, this time with our daughter.

Also Cuenca is a great place for art, with the wonderful Museum of Spanish Abstract Art and a newer place devoted to contemporary art too.

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THE CATHEDRAL OF CUENCA is one of the earliest Spanish examples of Gothic architecture. Work began in 1196 and was largely completed by 1257, although further renovations continued.

The facade was partially reconstructed in the neo-Gothic style at the beginning of the 20th century to repair damage caused when the bell tower (the Giraldo) collapsed in 1902.

THIS PICTURE shows a part of the catedral facade with the "rose window" centrally located at the bottom of the frame and the patron saint depicted on top of it.

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ROSE WINDOW is a rather generic term of this kind of round windows on mainly gothic cathedral. They often feature stained glass. Another, though lesser known name for them is Catherine window, after Saint Catherine, the one who was broken on the wheel.

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workshop for full view of the facade

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