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16th-Century Mexican Church Revealed By Decreasing Water Level Of The River

The hidden leftovers of a colonial-era church got revealed due to the decreasing water levels of the Grijalva River in the Southern Mexico state of Chiapas. The church was made by a group of monks in the mid-16th century.

The church is also known as the Temple of Santiago or the Temple of Quechula. Read the story to know more about the fishy case of remnant church. 

16th-Century Mexican Church Revealed By Decreasing Water Level Of The River

16th-Century Mexican Church Revealed By Decreasing Water Level Of The River

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1) The remains of church were found from the river in Southern Mexico state of Chiapas.

1) The remains of church were found from the river in Southern Mexico state of Chiapas.

The church is 183 feet long, 42 feet wide and 30 feet tall.

2) Drought in Grijalva River caused the water level in the Nezahualcoyotl reservoir to reduce by 82 feet.

2) Drought in Grijalva River caused the water level in the Nezahualcoyotl reservoir to reduce by 82 feet.

The church was built by a group of monks belonging to Friar Bartolome de la casas who came to the Quechula region in the mid-16th century.

3) 'The Temple of Santiago' or 'The Temple of Quechula'

3) ‘The Temple of Santiago’ or ‘The Temple of Quechula’

Architect Carlos Navarrete said in a report ,"The bell tower reaches 48 feet above the ground of the church known as the Temple of Santiago, as well as the Temple of Quechula. The church was abandoned due the big plagues of 1773-1776."

4) The church depended on the nearby monastery of Tecpatan, originated in 1564.

4) The church depended on the nearby monastery of Tecpatan, originated in 1564.

The Architect further said that, "It can be interpreted on the basis of architectural similarities that it is the work of the same builder at very nearly the same time. Its importance was derived from its location on the King's Highway, a road designed by Spanish conquistadors and still in use until the 20th century."

5) The sensational structure of church.

5) The sensational structure of church.

Navarrete continued, "'At that time we still found the wood from the chorus loft and the roof beams. Also a large ossuary of the victims of the plague that depopulated the area.It was a church built thinking that this could be a great population center, but it never achieved that.It probably never even had a dedicated priest, only receiving visits from those from Tecpatan."

6) Many a times the churches built in the mid-16th century have been exposed.

6) Many a times the churches built in the mid-16th century have been exposed.

In 2002, the water was so low that visitors could walk inside of the historic structure.

7) A local resident, Mendoza is guiding and transporting people to see the remains of the church.

7) A local resident, Mendoza is guiding and transporting people to see the remains of the church.

Leonel Mendoza fishes in the reservoir daily and said that it was a moment of joy for people when the structure got exposed in 2002. Mendoza said,'They came to eat, to hang out, to do business. I sold them fried fish. They did processions around the church.'

Enjoy the boat tour around 400-year-old Temple of Santiago

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