Drought in Spain exposes Relic Church

A drought in the vicinity of Barcelona, Spain has recently exposed the medieval San Romà de Sau church, which has been inundated since 1964 when the Sau dam was built on the Ter River.

Water levels typical hovered about halfway up the tower. Barcelona is even having drinking water shipped in from other parts of the Mediterranean. They project that these shipments of water will go on until October of 2008. (click church for larger image)

In a year that so far ranks as Spain’s driest since records began 60 years ago, the reservoir is currently holding as little as 18% of its capacity – at a time of year after which winter rains would usually have provided an essential boost.

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