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Address: 38, San Thome High Road, Chennai, India
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+91 44 2498 5455
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Sun - Sat 06:00 - 20:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Probably the most magnificent and prominent reminder of Chennai's colonial...

Probably the most magnificent and prominent reminder of Chennai's colonial lineage, the San Thome Church bears a colossal amount of history since A.D. 52, the year when St. Thomas traveled to India, though the Roman Catholic basilica was built in the 16th century by the Portuguese. It was then rebuilt by the British in 1893. The imposing structure reaches a height of 155 feet and emanates peace and architectural splendor with its tall spires over the tomb of the saint. The sea makes a wonderful backdrop to the pristine white structure. The San Thome Church is considered one of the pilgrimages for people around the world.

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Amazing history

The church is indeed beautiful, but its significance in history is truly amazing: one of three churches built on the tombs of 12 apostles. It is a must visit for history lovers... read more

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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The church is indeed beautiful, but its significance in history is truly amazing: one of three churches built on the tombs of 12 apostles. It is a must visit for history lovers. For photographer, do visit in late afternoon. The settings sun shed out a golden layer on the church.

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calm and quiet place , good for a silent retreat. ancient greak architecture.st thomas came here in ancient times .

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Thank Teny M
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This church is well worth a short visit as it is one of only three churches in the world where one of Jesus disciples - St Thomas - are known to be buried.

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This Church is probably the best I've seen in India. This Bascillica church is one of it's kind and is huge. The service given also was very pleasing

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San Thome church is a very historic and landmark shrine in the heart of Chennai city. Very easy to commute!

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We attended an English mass here on Easter day, and I was surprised by the number of familiar hymns and mass settings used that are synonymous with Catholic churches throughout the world. Both the outside and inside of this church are well kept and elegantly decorated. Inside if you're staying for mass rather than visiting momentarily, be sure to position... More 

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a very old church and the interiors and the ambience speak for themselves. Please spend some time in silence here.

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It is nearby to Marina beach and the religious masterpiece is dated back to 16th century. A must see place in Chennai.

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If you're a Christian, I'd suggest that as the resting place of Thomas the Apostle, this is one of the holiest placers on earth. It's a rather lovely cool, white building, with the tomb of the saint in the crypt. Really well worth a visit.

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Real church with awesome location. Full view of Chennai airport and city view of Chennai. The church is fantastic , should never miss out this place to see.

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