Padilla is where the Mexican liberator and Emperor Agustín de Iturbide was executed by a firing squad.
In 1970 the town and its church of San Antonio were inundated by the waters of a new dam, the Presa Vicente Guerrero. Inhabitants were removed to the new town of Nueva Padilla, established beside the lake.
The deteriorating shells of the abandoned 18th century buildings can still be seen projecting above the lake surface.
text © 2019 Richard D. Perry
images from online sourcessee our earlier posts on Mexico's drowned churches: Jalapa del Marqués; San Juan de Las Peras; Quechula; as well as others on El Bable.