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Benalauría - Fountains and Springs

Benalauría – Seven Basin Fountain

Benalauría - Fountains and Springs

Benalauría – Seven Basin Fountain

The Seven Basin Fountain is situated on the Camino de Benalauría, an important regional communication route until the present roads were built. There is no evidence of its origin, but there is of its former name, Pilas de Calabrina (Calabrina Basins), a cattle resting area, which existed around the trough and fountain.

The fountain originally had seven troughs -or basins- which gave it its name, and also the municipal district of Benalauría. The abundance of water in this area, where the limestones escarpments of the watershed between the Genal and Guadiaro valleys meet the clayey soil, have made this a very coveted area since time immemorial. Proof of the imprtance of this cattle-rearing area is shown by the existence of a “water mayor” until recent times, and also by the curious shape of the municipal districts like Benadalid, Algatocín or Benalauría, which star in the Genal Valley and extend their areas of influence towards this slope of the Guadiaro, seeking out the springs of Fuensanta, Salitre, Almargen and Siete Pilas, among others.

A modern remodelling of the fountain provided it with six more basins, giving it its current form.

Benalauría - Seven Basin Fountain

Benalauría - Seven Basin Fountain

Benalauría - Seven Basin Fountain

Benalauria Town Hall


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