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Drought Reveals 16th Century Church Once Hidden Underwater

Kristina Atienza | PopWrapped Author

Kristina Atienza

Updated 10/22/2015 4:20am
Drought Reveals 16th Century Church Once Hidden Underwater | church
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Looks like not all droughts are as bad as we thought.

In Chiapas, Mexico, the Grijalva river has been affected by a drought since last year, causing the Nezahualcoyotl reservoir to be reduced by 82 feet. As a result, the Mexican Temple of Santiago reappeared from the watery depths, allowing people a glimpse into the past.

Friar Bartolome de la Casas is said to have led a group of monks in the construction of the church by an architect named Carlos Navarete. The church was then abandoned between 1773 to 1776 because of massive plagues in the area.

It was flooded and hidden underwater upon the completion of a nearby dam in 1966.

The last time the Temple of Santiago was visible was in 2002, when another drought resulted in water levels so low that people could walk around the church and even have processions around it.

The closest people can get this time around is by taking trips with local fishermen to explore the ruins.


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