450 years old Mexican church emerges from water after drought
450 years old Mexican church emerges from water after drought : Over the last year-and-a-half, the Grijalva river in Chiapas has been suffering from a drought, causing the Nezahualcoyotl reservoir’s water level to decrease. The drop was rather drastic, totaling up to 25 meters (82 feet). So what happens as a consequence of that, you ask? A 16th-century Mexican church resurfaces from its watery grave and allows people a rare glimpse into its stunning architecture and bloody history.
The church, which is actually called the Temple of Santiago, has an interesting past.
It is said to have been built by a monk fraternity led by Friar Bartolome de la Casas, who arrived in Chiapas around 1564 with Spanish settlers. These monks belonged to The Dominican Order, also known as the Order of Preachers, founded by the Spanish priest Saint Dominic de Guzman in 13th-century France. This is where it gets darker. When a devastating plague gripped the area from 1773 to 1776, the church was completely abandoned.
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