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Holy Week in Cuenca has been declared an Event of International Tourist Interest. The most famous procession is the Stations of the Cross (Camino del Calvario), whose origins date back to 1916; it is also known as the ‘procession of the drunks’ (procesión de las turbas or procesión de los borrachos), representing the mockery and whipping that Jesus Christ received on the road to Calvary. The fiestas of St. Matthew (San Mateo) in the second fortnight of September are the most important in Cuenca; they commemorate the day that Cuenca was conquered by Alfonso VIII of Castile.


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