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Address: 38, San Thome High Road, Chennai, India
Phone Number: +91 44 2498 5455
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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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Me and my girlfriend went here during out stay in Chennai. Both Christian people, the decision to go to the San Thome Basilica was easily made. The place on itself is special... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Me and my girlfriend went here during out stay in Chennai. Both Christian people, the decision to go to the San Thome Basilica was easily made. The place on itself is special enough, due to the fact that Thomas, one of the apostles, is buried here. The peaceful and respectful place is good to sit down for a second. To... More 

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Mumbai, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

There is a museum, more than one church facility. A small book shop. But most important this is were the remains of St. Thomas lie. You can visit the resting site, unless it is now closed off. I bought a small card that I carry with me. It has Holy Sand taken from the tomb of St. Thomas. Price is... More 

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Chennai (Madras), India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I am an Hindu But God is Everywhere all region are same The place where you can fell the power and peace of god . When i entered and started praying my soul felt god

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

we went for a marriage there was huge gathering.It was built in the 16th century by Portuguese explorers. me and my family enjoyed the ancient.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had the privilege of visiting this beautiful Cathedral in January 2017. Below the main alter is the crypt of Saint Thomas the apostle. There is only 3 known burial sites of known apostles ( Rome for St. Peter, Spain for St. James, and Chennai for St. Thomas). So, to be able to visit such a location is an amazing... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Unfortunately we could not gain entrance fully to the church as there was a large wedding taking place but it was interesting hearing the service in Indian. We were able to go down to view the Crypt where a relic of Doubting Thomas is displayed. We learned a new story of the life of one of Jesus's disciples. A very... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Fairly run of the mill but it made a change from temple visiting. The Blessed Sacrament chapel is stunning. You pay 20 rupees to use the loo and expect to be given a ticket. But the attendant doesn't issue one! Nice work if you can get it!

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Navi Mumbai, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Sat here with folded hands for around 15 mins, looking at people coming by... praying, expressing their trust in GOD. Excellent, calm, serene place and must visit for people visiting Chennai. Lucky for me having got the opportunity to be at this very place.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Well worth a visit to this historic church built on the site of an earlier church, and claiming to house the remains of St Thomas ('doubting' Thomas)

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Secunderabad, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Its a beautiful Church. Since, we went on Sunday in the morning, the prayers were going on. Beautiful church in the main city and well maintained. In the back of church the history and Basilica of St. Thomas is there, which was really great. Very peaceful place. A must visit, if you are visiting Chennai

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