The building is linked to Friar Bartolome de las Casas, the first Bishop of Chiapas. It is believed that he arrived in Mexico in the 1540s with a group of monks, who went on to built the church.
According to research carried out by historians, the church was built by the Spanish conquistadors. The ghostly building which has emerged from the water would have risen to around 30 ft. The whole structure is around 183 ft long and 42 ft wide.
The church ruins were lost to the waters when the area was flooded by the government in 1966 to form the Nezahualcoyotl reservoir. It has emerged twice since the dam was built.
In 2002, the water levels dropped so low that visitors were able to explore the ruins from the inside.
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