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16th Century Church Revealed After A Drought Dries Out A Mexican Reservoir

No, that isn't the lost city of Atlantis floating in the middle of the water, but it's just as much fun to explore. The structure is actually a church from the 16th century that was revealed when waters receded in a Mexican reservoir.

The Nezahualcoyotl reservoir is located in Chiapas, one of Mexico's southern states.


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Construction on the reservoir was finished in 1966. There has only been one other recorded incident of water levels being low enough to see the church.


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The last time this happened was 2002, and the water was low enough that it was safe for people to walk around inside.


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This year, droughts have brought the water level as low as 82 feet.


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The church was built sometime around 1564 by monks who practiced in that region of Mexico.


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It is named the Temple of Santiago.


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It was on a road called the King's Highway, which remained active through the 19th century.


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The church was in use until 1773 when it was abandoned because of the plague.


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Locals and tourists alike have been eager to take pictures with the newly revealed landmark.


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While droughts and dropping water levels are serious issues, they have produced something positive in the Temple of Santiago and its history.


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Via: Fox2Now

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