The Mexican church buried by lava : San Juan Parangaricutiro... This church is the only remaining building left from the village of San Juan Parangaricutiro, located in the state of Michoacán in Mexico. What happened? Not far from there In 1943 the Volcán de Parícutin started to rise out of a farmer's cornfield. In the following eruption, it buried 2 villages under lava and ashes, including San Juan Parangaricutiro.