Discover the aljibe of Mazmullar (or Marmuyas) in Comares
It is an absolutely magnificent and unique walk, for the history it tells, for the splendour of its landscapes and for offering a jewel to the hiker who makes this route.
The history of Mazmullar
Mazmullar is an ancient Mozarabe stronghold (during the Umayyad period of Al-Andalus) from the 9th and 10th centuries of the forces of Umar Ibn Hafsun. This man, a muladi (Christian family converted to islam) fought for almost 40 years against the Emirate of Cordoba. When Mazmullar was discovered at the beginning of the 20th century, it was assumed that it was Bobastro, the capital of Omar Ben Hafsun’s forces. However, this hypothesis was later abandoned.
Umar Ibn Hafsun during his fight against the Emirate of Cordoba converted to Christianity and became Samuel. After his fall, Abd al-Rahmān III, Emir of Córdoba, changed the political system, replacing the Emirate of Córdoba with the Caliphate of Córdoba, thus combining political, military and religious power in his hands.
The landscapes of Axarquia and the “Los Montes de Malaga
This hike offers incredible landscapes, from the sea, Velez Málaga, Comares, Periana, Zafarraya, Colmenar, Casabermeja, etc. Once you arrive, you will realise that the location allowed you to watch over the whole area and over many kilometres.
The Aljibe of Mazmullar
It was discovered by chance at the beginning of the 20th century when an oak tree was dug up and the roots revealed the access to this aljibe. It is composed of 12 arches and had a capacity of 120,000 litres of water!
To access it, you have to descend more than 4 metres by a ladder.
It is in a good state of conservation, we can still see on the walls the “almagra”, an iron oxide used at the time to keep the water safe and prevent it from rotting.
I also want to share one thing: when you climb this mountain, you are gradually invaded by something beyond you. Then when you walk on the top of this mountain you discover a small aljibe, then an anthropomorphic tomb, then the remains of a small village, and finally the jewel (the main aljibe – see pics above). We end up with this curious impression of only seeing or having access to 10% of what this mountain hides. I think we will have more surprises one day. I just want to mention the desire that this whole site from the 9th and 10th centuries be protected as it should be.
Incredibly, in 1931 it was declared a “national historic monument of art”, like the cathedral of Malaga, the Alcazaba and Gibralfaro! It is still in an olive grove today.
Video presenting the aljibe of Mazmullar
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