450-Year-Old Mexican Church reappears after severe drought

AP Photo/David von Blohn
AP Photo/David von Blohn

It’s the resurrection of Christ! I mean a church. A 450-year-old church, the Temple of Santiago, has arisen out of the Nezahualcoyotl reservoir after being submerged underwater. The church appeared due to one of the worst droughts in modern Mexico’s history which caused the reservoir’s water to lower by nearly 100 feet.

The Temple of Santiago, also known as the Quechula in Chiapas, Mexico was built in 1564 to provide for the spiritual needs of both Spanish immigrants to New Spain (i.e. Mexico) and natives who had converted to Christianity. Unfortunately, the area was hit with a deadly plague in 1773 that killed or drove out many of the locals who in their flight abandoned the church. In 1966, a dam was built nearby that flooded the area and the church.

The church last reemerged in 2002 during another severe drought.

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