Ruins of a 450-Year-Old Church Rise From a Mexican Reservoir

Looking over the Malpaso dam reservoir in Chiapas
Looking over the Malpaso dam reservoir in Chiapas

Photo of Malpaso dam reservoir in Chiapas by Alejandro Linares Garcia, used under Creative Commons, cropped to fit article.

For Associated Press, Alberto Arce reports: “Leonel Mendoza fishes every day in a reservoir surrounded by forest and mountains in the southern Mexico state of Chiapas. But in recent days, he also has been ferrying curious passengers out to see the remains of a colonial-era church that has emerged from the receding waters.”

In 2002 the water receded enough that people could walk in the church for the first time since 1966, when a dam flooded the area. The drought this year has dropped the water in the Nezahualcoyotl reservoir by 25 meters.

Colonial church emerges from falling Mexican reservoir.


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