Mexico sighs under persistent drought: recessed church reappears

The sustained drought in the Guanajuato region of Mexico has at least created one new tourist attraction: a church. The temple of the Virgen de los Dolores was built somewhere in the middle of the 19th century, but in 1979 it was given up to the water, when a huge dam was built.

The resulting reservoir flooded the town of El Zangarro and the church that had been built there. The Purisima dam had to ensure that other parts of the area would not be flooded. Six years earlier, another dam had caused major problems in the area, writes the Mexican website Milenio.

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forty years, the temple of the Virgen de los Dolores was nothing more than a reminder at the bottom of a reservoir, but persistent drought caused the water level to fall steadily and eventually the tip of the church rose above the water level. Meanwhile, the Catholic complex itself is largely dry, but interested people can only reach it by boat.