Mexican church emerges from a reservoir during severe drought

A decaying 16th century church has emerged from beneath the surface of a Mexican dam.

Recent drought conditions in the southern state of Chiapas have revealed haunting remains of a submerged mid-1500s colonial church.

With the water level of the dam receding up to 25m, the abandoned Temple of Santiago now protrudes above the lake in all its glory surrounded by forest and mountains.


It is the second time a drop in the reservoir has revealed the church since it was flooded when the dam was completed in 1966.