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Hojiblanca Museum of Olive Oil

The Museum

Museo del Aceite-Hojiblanca

The Hojiblanca Museum aims to preserve and to promote the olive-growing tradition of the region.
Its most important exhibit is a 17th-century olive pressing installation, donated by the Cuadra Rojo family. The building itself reproduces the architectural form and all the elements of the first olive pressing installation. The original animal-powered mill is of cylindrical or truncated conical shape. However, the most spectacular exhibit is the press, which is 12.5 m long. The ropes, the nails, even the wasps' nests are preserved. Even though three centuries have elapsed and the timber has dried out and has been infested by termites, it still weighs 3 tons.
Finally, visitors may admire the storehouse where the jars are kept in their original position. The history of olive oil since Antiquity is presented in this room, with the aid of mechanical models of various mills and presses. Another press, dating to the 19th century and donated by the Acedo brothers, is also exhibited following its extensive restoration.
The Roman olive press, which was unearthed in excavations in the La Quinta region (between the old centre of Antequera and Hojiblanca), dates to the 1st century AD, according to the archaeologist Manuel Romero.


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