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The drought-stricken in Mexico has reveled the ruins of the 16th-century Temple of Santiago

Mexico has been suffering from a drought over the past year which has caused the water level in Nezahualcoyotl reservoir to decrease nearly 100 feet in recent months, but the drought hasn't been all negative.. The "silver lining" of this drought has been another chance to see this snapshot of history which was thought to be lost to a watery grave. Chiapas's Nezahualcoyotl reservoir has revealed a secret with its receding waters: the Temple of Santiago, a 16th-century church that's also known as Temple of Quechula.

The reservoir was a result of the construction of a dam in the 1960s, causing the 400-year-old ruins to be submerged. The temple has been exposed only once before: In 2002, the water was so low that visitors could walk around inside the church. The cathedral was built in the mid-16th century by Dominican monks led by Friar Bartolome de las Casas, a Spanish missionary famed for opposing slavery in colonial Mexico. The Temple of Santiago was deserted a few hundred years later.

"The church was abandoned due [to] the big plagues of 1773 to 1776," Carlos Navarete, an architect who worked with the Mexican government on an report on the church, told the Associated Press.

Beautiful photos of the Mexican Temple of Santiago have been circulating online, showing the church reappear from the water like a lost ruin of Atlantis.

Now, the church is drawing tourists back to the area. Local fishermen are offering boat tours to visitors looking to explore the half-submerged structure. 

source: Associated Press

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