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Almogia, Malaga Towns
Almogía is a sizeable rural municipality in the western Málaga Mountains, 25 kilometres from Málaga city, which is formed by a village of small white washed houses with red tiled roofs and several hamlets.
The area has a significant foreign resident population, attracted mainly by the laidback pace of life and stunning countryside of olive and almond groves and pine tree covered mountains.
The exact origins of Almogía as a settlement are unknown, but it’s believed it began to be inhabited due to its strategic position on key routes from inland to the coast as far back as prehistoric times.
Almogía’s most important monument is the Nuesta Señora del Asunción Parish Church, which was constructed in the 16th century on the site of an old mosque, and designed by the Bishop of Málaga’s architect, Diego de Vergara. It was badly damaged by an earthquake at the end of the 19th century, leading to renovation work in 1891.
The church’s main features are its bell tower and its Mudejar style nave.
Also of interest is the 18th Sacred Heart Hermitage located in the highest part of the village. It had been linked to the closed convent of the Sacred Heart, which no longer exists, and has a small bell tower and choir. The patron saints of the town, San Roque and San Sebastián, are venerated in the hermitage. Another hermitage is the small 18th century Tres Cruces on the edge of the municipality
The 19th century Santo Cristo Chapel was built on the site of a 17th century construction. A small square building in the town centre with a crucifix inside, it is one of the 14 Stations of the Cross in the town
The Nuestra Señora de las Flores Convent is a few kilometres outside the town, from where there are superb views of the surrounding plains of the Guadalhorce. The convent had been abandoned, but has recently been restored. There is a 17th century wooden sculpture of St Francis of Assisi inside the convent.
The Torre de la Vela is all that remains of the Moorish Almogía castle, which served as a frontier fortification between 1410 and 1487.
The Medieval Santi Petri castle is also in ruins. Like Almogía castle it had been an important fortification during the rebellion led by Omar Ben Hafsun, who led the uprising during the Muladi (Christian convert to Islam) uprising of the late 9th-early 10th century, and played a fundamental role in the defence of his fortress town of Bobastro. It was also used a prison for Christian captives. Santi Petri was destroyed by Christian troops in 1487.
There are Roman remains and Medieval burial sites at Cortijo Mosanpedro, but it is privately owned and not open to the public. Prehistoric remains have been found in a site known as Venta del Fraile, including cave paintings, while there are Roman remains nearby.
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