In Mexico, a 16th century church has resurfaced from beneath its watery grave after a record drought brought down water levels at the Nezahualcoyotl reservoir by 82 feet.
The Temple of Santiago, a 48-foot tall church built by Dominican friars in 1564, was abandoned in 1966 when the dam’s waters flooded it. Since then, it has only resurfaced on two occasions, the other one being back in 2002 – when the water level was so low, people could even walk inside.
‘The people celebrated’, recalls local fisherman Leonel Mendoza. ‘They came to eat, to hang out, to do business. I sold them fried fish. They did processions around the church’.
Today people can take a boat to the sunken church and get some cool photos while climbing on top of the church’s beautiful but forgotten ruins.