Utrera’s historical centre is riddled with mill towers that were used, in the past, to extract olive oil, the precious liquid gold, from olives. Many mills have disappeared, and others are in bad repair. Fortunately, even now in the 21st century, it is possible to admire the unique architecture of these buildings in places in Utrera.
The mill towers date from the 17th or 18th century. Most of those still standing are located in the heart of Utrera. They have a unique architecture, almost exclusive to this town. Some towers are crowned with a bell gable, making them more visually appealing.
Worthy of note among these towers are those standing in Preciosa, Alcalde Vicente Giráldez, Doña Catalina de Perea streets and the Alhóndiga Tower. Although all have a unique beauty, the mill tower called Torre de la Alhóndiga, situated on Las Mujeres Street, is probably the most beautiful. This neoclassical structure from the second half of the 18th century is part of a building from which the interior structures have almost totally disappeared.
Another remarkable tower, with its unique weather vane and cross, is situated at Doña Catalina de Perea Street, which, in the past, was likely part of the so-called Molino del Santísimo. The mill tower on Alcalde Vicente Giráldez Street may be one the oldest, as it is believed to have been built in the 18th century.