A drought in Mexico has revealed a sunken treasure. A 400-year-old submerged church has become a tourist attraction as reservoir water levels have lowered. This is the second time it has emerged.
The Temple of Santiago was built by Dominican friars who abandoned it in the 1770’s due to widespread plagues. It is located in South Mexico in the state of Chiapas.
The church was originally submerged in 1966 when the Nezahualcoyotl reservoir was flooded after a dam was constructed in the area. It became visible once before in 2002.
A drought uncovers a 400-year-old submerged church in Mexico. Photo credit: Twitter/KUOW Public Radio
The stone church is 48-feet tall and has quickly become a popular tourist attraction with local fisherman taking spectators out to the relic by boat. The water levels around the church have become so low that tourists are actually able to go in and walk around. The drought has caused water levels to lower roughly 82 feet.
Since 1966, the Colonial-era church has been buried under almost 100 feet of water. Its bell tower stands 48 feet above ground.
The Guardian reports architect Carlos Navarretes as saying that the structure was probably originally intended to be a population center to accommodate the huge influx of people to the area, but that that never happened due to the evacuation that resulted as a result of the plagues. He said that he didn’t even believe that a dedicated priest had ever been assigned.
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