Mollina is a village in the region of Antequera that is closely associated to the culture of wine. It covers a flat area peppered with corn fields, olive groves and vineyards that produce the grapes to make world-famous D.O. wines. An ideal destination for wine tourists, Mollina has kept the traces of its Roman past, the main archaeological sites being Castellum de Santillán and Mausoleo de la Capuchina. The main sights are two religious buildings: the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Oliva and the Convent of La Ascensión (Cortijo de la Villa).
Castellum de Santillán lies 4km from the town centre, covering 1,400m2. Its constructions belong to two different periods. First of all, the first and second centuries, represented by a group of spaces arranged around two big rooms. It could have been the villa of an affluent family. Secondly, the third century, with walled premises and square towers in the corners.
About 7km from town, on the slopes of Sierra de la Camorra, there is Mausoleo de la Capuchina, a burial site comprising a crypt and a chamber to worship the departed. It was built with local boulders joined together with reddish mortar. Ceramic fragments were found on the site.
The Church of Nuestra Señora de la Oliva was built in 1867. Built on the floor plan of a basilica, it has a nave and two aisles separated by round arches supported by square pillars with chamfered corners. In 1936, together with another church, it was plundered and used as a warehouse.
The Convent of La Ascensión, also known as Cortijo de la Villa, dates back to the eighteenth century. It features a remarkable Baroque entrance and a courtyard with a shrine crowned by a belfry. Inside there is an interesting sundial. The convent was the building around which the town centre of Mollina developed.
The wineries of the Virgen de la Oliva Rural Cooperative opened in 2003, during the Harvest Festival. They contain more than 500 oak barrels for the ageing of some of the finest D.O. wines made in Mollina. As a matter of fact, this village in Antequera is a must for travellers interested in wine tourism.
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