... ideoque do et concedo tibo dotem sive arras, scilicet villam illam, que dicitur Molina sica, cum omni directo suo, et morabitinos viginti aureos.

From the origin of its name: molinum = mills, siccum = dry, we can deduce the dedication of its people, during the Middle Ages, to the service of the monasteries, although it was its link with the Camino de Santiago that marked its urban development.
and its accelerated economic growth during the 20th century. XII, by endowing it with characteristic elements such as churches, hospitals, pilgrims’ shelters and mills, structured around the Calle Real, the Church of San Nicolás de Bari and the bridge over the Meruelo River.

In Roman times, Molinaseca already had an urban organization due to its importance as a mining center, as evidenced by the discovery of some subway workings in the vicinity of the old pago de Santa Marina, corresponding to a Roman mining operation, possibly from the first century.

Centuries later, a hermitage in honor of Santa Marina was erected in that place.

From the 12th century onwards it underwent an accelerated economic development with the rise of agriculture, livestock, crafts – linked to the old trades, such as tailors, shoemakers, carpenters, blacksmiths, etc. – and the small industries of mills, ovens, and forges.

This economic development was linked to urban development with new settlers coming from different parts of the peninsula and even from beyond the Pyrenees.