Hanging Houses

Castilla La Mancha
Landmarks and Historic Buildings

The Hanging Houses, or Casas Codegas, are a remarkable work of architecture - a group of houses that seem to grow out of the cliff face above the Huécar Gorge in Cuenca. Their origins are unknown and reports differ as to whether they were built by the Moors or the medieval Christians who lived here. More of these houses were built along the cliff face but only 3 now survive intact.

Today, 2 of these Hanging Houses are home to the Museum of Spanish Abstract Art. Inside are collections of artworks by some of Spain's most famous artists from the Abstract Movement including Torner, Chillida, Saura, Rueda, and Tapies, amongst others. The original collection dates from 1966 when artist Fernando Zobel decided to put his personal collection of Spanish abstract art on public display.

The other Hanging House is an inn called the House of the Mermaid. From the wooden balconies of the Hanging Houses, you are afforded some magnificent views of the La Mancha countryside and the spectacular gorge of the river Huécar.


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