|Jalapa del Marqués in 2017|
|Jalapa del Marqués in 2013|
|Quechula in 2015|
As with the related church at Santiago Quechula, another drowned Dominican mission in adjacent Chiapas, during periods of extreme drought, lake levels fall dramatically and the buildings re emerge from the waters.Such is currently (February 2017) the case with the Jalapa monastery, which has been re exposed for the first time since the 1960s. This allows a closer view of its architectural and ornamental details, long obscured beneath the lake.
Much of the convento remains, most of it still roofed including the open chapel in front, although mud and silt levels remain high.
The sturdy buttresses supporting the nave also still stand, although sections of the church fabric including the domes and facade are badly cracked.
The formidable church front is also largely intact, its recessed facade still protective of the entry architecture—the classically inspired doorway elegantly framed by layered brick pilasters.
It is to be hoped that this opportunity for closer study of the newly emerged church and convento will be seized by the appropriate authorities before the waters rise again.
text © 2017 by Richard D. Perry. selected internet images