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In Castilla-La Mancha, southwest of Madrid, Cuenca stands on a 1000 m chalk ridge at the confluence of the Júcar and Huécar Rivers, and one of popular tourist destinations in Spain
The city has three main areas in the historic quarter, the best places to wander around are the area around the cathedral and the Plaza Mayor square, as well as the El Castillo quarter where there are numerous terraces with views over the surroundings. Another place –particularly popular with young travellers– is the pedestrian street of San Francisco. Finally, in the new part of the city, head for the Calle Colón, the area around the railway station and República Argentina avenue.
After the Moors conquered it, Cuenca was a Muslim fortress until Alphonse VIII reconquered it in 1177 and the episcopal seat was restored. The city expanded both in area and in population. Manufacturing activities (textiles) in Cuenca were of primary importance to the Castillian economy, and the upper town was developed.
In the sixteenth century, the rise of Cuenca was remarkable. Political and administrative centre of the first order, its architecture blossomed as manufacturing and commerce grew. The walled upper town and the more exposed lower town each evolved differently. The layout of Cuenca remained unchanged from this time on.
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