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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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You must visit San Thomas Basilica if you are in Chennai

When I arrived there, it was raining heavily. Luckily the parking place is not too far from the church. It is a beautiful historical church. It's believed that St Thomas was... read more

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jakarta
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

When I arrived there, it was raining heavily. Luckily the parking place is not too far from the church. It is a beautiful historical church. It's believed that St Thomas was buried there. I met quite many catholic/christian from India - mostly from South of India

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Chennai, India
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This Church is one of only 3 in the World built over the tomb of an Apostle- the others being St Peters in Rome and St James in Spain. It makes one feel very special to be a part of Jesus. This is a shrine which is visited by people of all Religions and there are many historical things to... More 

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chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The church (not the actual building) traces its history to around 52 AD when St. Thomas visited Chennai and he is believed to be buried here. A visit is essential when you are in Chennai

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Chennai, India
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Santhome Basilica is a landmark in Santhome. It is a beautiful old church, well maintained. However, they built a prayer room below the church and so spoilt it for a heritage site. Before you enter the prayer hall there is an image of St. Thomas (doubting Thomas) kneeling in prayer. But a fisherman in his traditional attire is about to... More 

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Kochi (Cochin), India
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Have been to the church several times and it is one of the main attractions of Chennai since people irrespective of caste visit the church. The church is believed to have constructed in 16th Century over the tomb of St. Thomas the Apostle of Jesus Christ. The church was renovated or partially rebuilt and the present church is rather new... More 

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Chennai, India
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Reviewed 1 week ago

As churches go, especially glorious ones, if you've seen the likes of La Sagrada Familia, or say Sacre-Coeur and Norte Dame, you might be pardoned if you feel a bit underwhelmed by the Santhome Basilica. It isn't of the same size or grandeur, but it is one of the holiest places on earth for a Christian because of its history... More 

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Destin, Florida
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this church as one of our cultural stops...well worthwhile to see this and other older religious locations.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Attended Sunday mass in English. The interior of the church is magnificent. This is our 2nd visit to this church. The last time was in 2010. Parishioners were friendly.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful church in the center of the city. Calm and nice inside. Worth to visit it as it is very original next to hindu temple

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice big well kept church with a grand history. Open for everybody. Easy to access. Nice place to sit down in silence and just enjoy the stillness. Very nice place. Well worth a visit.

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