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San Thome Church

38, San Thome High Road, Chennai, India
+91 44 2498 5455
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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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38, San Thome High Road, Chennai, India
+91 44 2498 5455
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I had already visited the church in the past and was happily surprised to go back there with our tour guide of Storytrail this year (peacock trail). It's an interesting church especially if you want to see how Christianity is practiced vs. the western world...More

Thank BananaLu
Reviewed 4 days ago

I had a very short time in Chennai but My local hosts wanted to make sure I saw this religious sight. We ended up going at night at the end of the day. I am glad I went. It gives you a great mix of...More

Thank 864dearraed
Reviewed 5 days ago

The blessed place. The only place in India where the apostle of Jesus is buried. blessed and fortunate to see this place. Even St. Francis Xavier of Goa had stayed here before. lots of real things are preserved here in the museum like relic of...More

Thank Aemifeds
Reviewed 1 week ago

It is one of the oldest churches in India. It has been recently renovated. It is very near Mylapore beach and during Christmas, it is a holy place to visit and pray. The building is a marvel.

Thank MA S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's an old momorable church in Madras. Its Neo-Gothic style is attractive.whitish from outside and dark chocolate brownish from inside in looking.it is a minor basilica.it is worth visiting.dedicated to one of the 12 apostles of Jesus.built near marnia beach.

Thank anil k
Reviewed 1 week ago

Being near Marina beach and many more landmarks of Chennai, a must visit particularly for christians & heritage lovers. Beautifully built & maintained.

Thank VeerendraKhatawkar
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tha San Thome Cathedral is of importance not only for the Christians but also for history enthusiasts.

Thank Shutterbug_Iyer
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is a beautiful church that is located near to the beach. Great architecture. A must see place for Christians.

Thank Himanshu O
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The St. Thomas Church is actually the Cathedral Basilica of Chennai. From the architecture point of view it is nothing special compare to European cathedrals. You might remember who was St. Thomas - the man, who refused to believe in the resurrected Jesus, until he...More

Thank Robert I
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

San Thome church is a beautiful church that is located near to the beach and is a having a great history attached to it

Thank Gugan_Ilango
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25 January 2017|
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Response from Balasubramanian S | Reviewed this property |
6 am 7 am and 12 noon also in the evenings . There is huge gatherings and people stand outside the church when it gets full . Lot of Hindus also visit this wonderful Church on the Marina beach. Very well maintained church... More
10 September 2016|
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Response from gausan51 | Reviewed this property |
Friend, the church is not nearer to Elliots beach known as Besant Nagar beach. Please note the following differences: 1. Santhome church is nearer to Light house and to Marina beach and it is 200 metres from Marina... More