69th WDA / 14th EWDA - Joint Conference - Cuenca, Spain

Conference Banquet

The Gala Dinner will be celebrated at the National Parador of Cuenca (https://www.parador.es/en/paradores/parador-de-cuenca).


The Parador de Cuenca is in a former monastery with an enviable location atop the Huécar Gorge, site of sheer walls and dense vegetation in the outskirts of the city of Cuenca, opposite the magical Hanging Houses. You will be charmed by the glass-enclosed cloister and the former chapel, now a cozy café and the lovely panoramic views of the city.

Built in 1523 for the Dominican order by the architects Juan and Pedro de Alviz, its architecture responds to some approaches typical of the early sixteenth century: Gothic structure and Renaissance decoration. It is popularly known as "los Paules". Built in the 16th century, during the transition from the Gothic to the Renaissance style, the architects adapted the first Gothic structures to Renaissance decoration, which hardly changed and continued to be medieval for long time. Its religious architecture, evident in the church of San Pablo, responds to a balanced mixture of Gothic and Renaissance styles.