Dropping water levels reveal hidden church

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MEXICO CITY — A 16th century church has emerged from the receding waters of the Nezahualcoyotl reservoir in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas. This is the second time water levels have dropped low enough to reveal the church since the reservoir was completed in 1966.

The Associated Press reports that drought has dropped the water level 82 feet. The water was low enough in 2002 for people to walk inside.

The church, called the Temple of Santiago, was built by monks who were active in the area at around 1564. It was located near the King's Highway. A road used by Spanish conquistadors that was still in use until the 20th century.

The church was abandoned during the plagues of 1773-1776.