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IN History & Culture ON 21 Oct, 2015
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.
The church is 183 feet long, 42 feet wide and 30 feet tall.
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.
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."
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."
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."
In 2002, the water was so low that visitors could walk inside of the historic structure.
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.'