A 400-Year-Old Temple In Mexico Reemerges After Water Levels Drop 82 feet

A 400-Year-Old Temple In Mexico Reemerges After Water Levels Drop 82 feet

A 16th-century temple has recently emerged inside a Mexican reservoir, after drought caused the water level to fall 82 feet.

The eerie sight has occurred in the Nezahualcoyotl reservoir, revealing a church that was flooded during construction of a dam nearly 40 years ago.

Known as the Temple of Santiago, the building is about half-way visible in the watershed to the Grijalva River.

This isn’t the first time the church has resurfaced: In fact, the water level got so low in 2002 that people could actually walk inside:

The people celebrated. They came to eat, to hang out, to do business. I sold them fried fish,” says a fisherman who’s now offering Temple of Santiago boat tours.

The building is a remnant of colonial times, when the Spanish friar Bartolome de las Casas arrived with a group of monks that subsequently went on to build the Temple of Santiago.

Las Casas, the first bishop of Chiapas, initially believed in subjugating the native people, but later argued for abolishing slavery and helped persuade King Charles of Spain to grant the natives their freedom.

But when conquistadors and settlers revolted, Charles reversed much of the new legislation.

As for the church, it was abandoned during plagues of the 1770s.

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(Source: USA Today, Image Credits: David von Blohn, AP)

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