The persistent severe drought in Mexico’s Guanajuato region gave rise to the Temple of the Virgen de los Dolores, built in the mid-nineteenth century, for the first time in 40 years.
When a huge dam was built in 1979, the Mexican temple was flooded. The El Zangarro flood tank and the entire area around it were created. All residents were forced to leave the area, according to the Mexico News Daily.
“History tells us that it was very difficult for people to leave the area,” says historian Dulce Vazquez. “Few people resisted anyway until they were finally forced to face reality. Gradually, the water would cover the entire city.”
The Temple of the Virgen de los Dolores has been underwater for 40 years, but Guanajuato City’s ongoing drought and declining water levels mean the temple is now visible again. Those interested can visit the temple by boat. A photojournalist captured the beautiful temple on the screen.
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