The Architecture of Cuenca

Though the original inhabitation of Cuenca dates back to over 8,000 BC, the oldest ruins seem to be Pumapungo, the city established by Tupac Yupanqui.

After the Spanish conquest the name was changed to Santa Ana de los cuatro ríos de Cuenca, and it became part of the Spanish Colonial Empire. The oldest churches and monasteries date to the late 1500s, but most of the restored historic buildings in the World Heritage Site seem to be from the late 1800s and early 1900s.

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Cuenca - Old Town

Cuenca – Old Town

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