A drought in Mexico has revealed the ruins of a 16th-century church

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  1. rodrigofresh

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    I thought this was really cool, what else could be flooded.. purposely or by nature. 

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    Beautiful photos of the Mexican Temple of Santiago have been circulating online, showing the church reappear from the water like a lost ruin of Atlantis.

    The Grijalva river in Chiapas, Mexico has been suffering from a drought over the past year which has caused the water level in Nezahualcoyotl reservoir to decrease by 25 meters (82 feet).

    The "silver lining" of this drought has been another chance to see this snapshot of history which was thought to be lost to a watery grave.

    The church is said to have been built by a group of monks led by Friar Bartolome de la Casas, who arrived in the area with Spanish settlers around the mid-16th century.

    The church was abandoned between 1773 to 1776 due to massive plagues sweeping the area, according to architect Carlos Navarete, who worked on a report about the structure.

    Epidemics were common in the Americas from the late 15th century, when explorers, settlers and traders introduced bacteria and viruses to the New World.

    When the nearby dam was completed in 1966, the church was flooded and left unseen for almost 40 years. 

    However, an even more severe drought caused the church to pop out of the water in 2002. The water levels were so low that people were even able to walk around the church. Speaking to Associated Press, local fisherman Leonel Mendoza said, "The people celebrated. They came to eat, to hang out, to do business. I sold them fried fish. They did processions around the church."

    Over the past few days, fishermen have been giving people trips out on their boats to let them explore the ruins themselves while they are exposed.

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    http://www.businessinsider.com/mexican-church-emerges-from-the-water-after-drought-2015-10
     
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  2. shogun

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    Damn. 82 feet the water level dropped? That building was down deep. Really cool visually to look at.
     
  3. Fozzy Badfeet

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    This is very neat.

    Still amazed to read about old towns, bridges, and tunnels being rediscovered due to the drought in CA.
     
  4. dathbgboy

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    I love stuff like this. I watch Cities of the Underworld whenever I can too, just dope all around
     
  5. jaypesoz

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    Pretty cool, but a non-resort location in Mexico?

     
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  6. jthagreat

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    Interesting .

    I bet there is all kind of buried/submerged history all over.
     
  7. rodrigofresh

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    THIS

    my thoughts exactly, its crazy how things like the Sphinx were buried for a very long time then later dug up.... I feel like there is a lot more hidden/lost cities especially in the worlds vast jungles/forests.  
     
  8. green rhino123

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    there are a lot of underwater ruins off the coast of India...thousands of years old...crazy old...
     
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  9. kevenmayne

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    That's sick.

    The church looks VERY similar to a church in my parents hometown, in Guatemala. That church was built in 1524, though.
     
  10. illwill8710

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    Zanarkand Ruins?
     
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  11. RustyShackleford

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    Watch them find out it was one of El Chapo's safe houses too
     
  12. guzzy

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    Loved that show.

    Shame my dude is doing that museum show now.
     
  13. frank mucus

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    Was the church completely submerged?

    Look at the trees relative to the church. Was the trees underwater too?
     
  14. Thierry Henry

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    these look like the type of ruins Nathan Drake be exploring

    I bet there's something hidden in that church too, on some Uncharted steez
     
  15. therealrell

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    Would have had to drain the lake by doing a puzzle.
     
  16. rodrigofresh

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    Yea completely submerged 
     
  17. northoaklandfc

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    That ignorance :lol: :x
     
  18. atlien seeko

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    I live for stuff like this. This is awesome.
     
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  20. quise2024

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    I like seeing reading about this kind of stuff

    Its always been fascinating to know what was around way back when centuries ago. Cant even imagine living back then compared to how made we basically we have it now