The Hypogeum Oil Mill (Via delle Fogge)

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For many years I was hidden from the road surface it was something that enabled the preservation for centuries, of what transformed one of the most important products of our land, olives to liquid, silky and valuable form: Oil...

For many years I was hidden from the road surface it was something that enabled the preservation for centuries, of what transformed one of the most important products of our land, olives to liquid, silky and valuable form: Oil.
It’s true that I’ve never done the hard work! All merits go to the donkey, that went round the grindstone pressing the olives thus making sparkling green oil and thanks to humidity of the calcareous stone, enabling it to flow along the ducts, then settling in containers purposely made for its conservation.
Oil, to me, was like a lymph that supported my existence and enabled man to live, and to trade with other Countries through a long journey, from the site where I am, continued to the ‘oil way’ (an old mule track near Gallipoli) up to arrival at one of the most important trading ports: the Port of Gallipoli.
I am the most important hypogeum oil mill of the town of Maglie even though I am sure that there are others, who like me are hidden by a road surface but will soon come alive again thanks to man.

Latitudine 40° 7'25.52"N
Longitudine 18°17'54.44"E

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