Cuenca Tourist Guide – Uncover the Charm of Castilla-La Mancha



Bishop’s Palace in Cuenca

The Bishop’s Palace in Cuenca is located next to the cathedral, on the Plaza de España. It is a historic residence of the bishops of Cuenca, who lived here since the 13th century. The palace has a long and rich history, which is reflected in its architecture and decoration. The palace consists of several parts, of which the oldest dates from the 12th century and is built of stone. In the 15th century, the palace was enlarged and adorned with Gothic windows and portal.

In the 16th century, the palace received a Renaissance facade with the coats of arms of the bishops and the kings. In the 18th century, the palace was rebuilt in the Baroque and Neoclassical style, adding balconies and railings. In the 19th century, the palace was partially destroyed by fire and rebuilt in the historical style. In the 20th century, the palace was restored and adapted for the museum.

The Bishop’s Palace in Cuenca is currently the seat of the Museum of Cathedral Treasures, which was designed by the artist Gustavo Torner. The museum occupies the first three floors of the palace, which correspond to the oldest rooms in the building. The museum displays a rich collection of religious art, which includes works from the Middle Ages to the present.

Among the exhibits, you can admire paintings, sculptures, fabrics, silver, jewelry, relics and liturgical vestments. The works of such artists as El Greco, Juan de Borgoña, Pedro de Mena, Alonso Cano and José de Ribera stand out. The museum is open to visitors from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 14:00 and 16:00 to 19:00. Admission costs 4 euros.

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