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    Default Four hundred-year-old Spanish church emerges from Mexican reservoir

    Four hundred-year-old Spanish church emerges from Mexican reservoir

    The Independent
    Jess staufenberg 19 hrs ago

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    The relics of a 16th-century church built by Spanish colonizers has emerged from a reservoir in the south of Mexico.

    It is the second time the church, usually submerged on the reservoir bed, has been revealed in the state of Chiapas as a result of drought.

    A water level drop of at least 80 feet in the Grijalba river which feeds the reservoir has revealed the 400-year-old roofless religious building, with its 10 metre high walls, 61 metre length and 14 metre wide hall.

    The river was last this low in 2002, when visitors were able to walk about inside the church.

    The last time the reservoir dropped to reveal the church was in 2002

    Today, fishermen are ferrying curious passengers around the ruins, which were submerged in 1966 when the nearby dam was completed and the area flooded.

    Architect Carlos Navarrete, who worked with authorities on a report about the building, said: "The church was abandoned due to the big plagues of 1773 to 1776."

    It is linked to a famous figure in Spanish history, namely Friar Bartolome de las Casas, who arrived in the Quechala locality in the mid-16th century with a group of monks that built the church.

    Bartolome de las Casas was the first Bishop of Chiapas and initially supported the colonization and subjugation of the native Indians of the region.

    In later years, however, he advocated strongly for the abolition of slavery, both in situ and back in the Spanish court of King Charles V.

    One of the monks believed to be connected with the church was social reformer Bartolome de las Casas who argued for the end of slavery of native Indians.

    He managed to get the New Laws passed in 1542 which curtailed many of the slavery practices in Peru. They were so unpopular with settlers in the South America that King Charles backed down and removed some of the most important aspects of the legislation.

    The church depended on the nearby monastery of Tecpatan, and was on the Chiapas' king's highway, built by Spanish settlers and still in use in the 20th century.
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    Colonial church emerges from receding reservoir in Mexico - SFGate

    A mid-16th century church’s remains have emerged from the Nezahualcoyotl reservoir in Chiapas state.
    Photo: David Von Blohn, Associated Press

    The remains of a mid-16th century church known as the Temple of Santiago, as well as the Temple of Quechula, is visible from the surface of the Grijalva River, which feeds the Nezahualcoyotl reservoir, due to the lack of rain near the town of Nueva Quechula, in Chiapas state, Mexico, Friday, Oct. 16, 2015. The temple, built by Dominican friars in the region inhabited by the Zoque people, was submerged in 1966 when the Nezahualcoyotl dam was built.
    Photo: David Von Blohn, STR

    It's the second time this has happened. In 2002, the water was so low visitors could walk inside the church.
    Photo: David Von Blohn, STR

    Colonial church emerges from receding reservoir in Mexico - SFGate
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    wow. really haunting. I love stuff like this.
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    Me too. The grey sky, the big white bird in the last picture. Love it.
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    Dougie, Thank you for finding more information about it

    It's wonderful. isn't it?

    The two windows and the partial doorway look like a face, it's very hauntingly beautiful.. *swoon*.
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    I love the big, white bird too.

    It emerged! How wonderfully creepy. It was in an underwater grave all this time and has risen. It does look like it has a face.

    I like the next to the last pic the best, the faraway shot with the 3 crooked branches sticking up out of the water.
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