28796
16th Century Mexican Church Re-emerges After Drought
Art And Culture

16th Century Mexican Church Re-emerges After Drought

A 16th century church submerged in a southern Mexico dam project 49 years ago has reappeared following a severe drought, drawing visitors by boat to gaze at the spectacular ruins.
The Apostle Santiago church, built by Dominican friars, vanished under water in 1966 when the hydroelectric dam was built in the Grijalva river, reports AFP.
Between 1,000 and 2,000 indigenous Zoque people who lived in Quechula, as their town was named, were relocated and their homes were submerged.
Around half of the 15-meter (49-foot) high church, which no longer has a roof, emerged in recent weeks in the Nezahualcoyotl reservoir.
Birds have been landing on the ruins and vegetation has grown on the stone, while Juan Alvarez Diaz has used his 10-seater boat to take visitors to the church.
It’s not the first time that the church reappears. The last time was in 2002, when the entire, 60-meter long building could be seen.
At the time, the Zoques population “organized a pilgrimage to the church” and brought the statues of the patron saint Apostle Santiago and the Virgin of Guadalupe, which they had rescued before the reservoir was built, Alvarez said.
But the water level has risen again as Chiapas has seen heavy rainfall since Sunday.

 

Short URL : https://goo.gl/luQ6UM
  1. https://goo.gl/wNesJF
  • https://goo.gl/DjAUiJ
  • https://goo.gl/WegSCQ
  • https://goo.gl/ncF7ye
  • https://goo.gl/IX7aXO

You can also read ...

John Rylands Library in central Manchester
The School of Arts, Languages and Cultures at the University...
Submissions From 19 Nations Approved Until Mid February
The main international competition section of the 36th Fajr...
Away From Everyday Commotion
Self-taught painter Hossein Aqaeepour, known for his map arts...
Yeganeh Plans Kerman Event
Pop singer Mohsen Yeganeh is to hold two concerts in Kerman,...
Friendship With a Tigress
Shahrzad Theater Complex is hosting the play ‘The Tale of a...
Kiarostami’s Bust Installed  at Boom Gallery
A bronze bust of late filmmaker and photographer Abbas...
Music for the Dead
Theatrical work ‘List of the Dead’ is being performed at...
Grounds for Suspicion
The play ‘If You Were to Die’ written by French novelist and...

Trending

Googleplus