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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
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Reviewed yesterday

It is quite surreal looking upon the burial site of one of Jesus diciples, believed to be that of St. Thomas ('doubting Thomas'), in a crypt below the nave of the church proper. A beautiful old church which was virtually razed to the ground on...More

Thank Travelbug291
Reviewed 4 days ago

On 20th Nov'17, myself along with my Bestie Arul Mani got to visit San Thome Church at Mylapore. It was a beautiful Roman Catholic church with wonderful architecture. It is believed that the church was built over the tomb of Saint Thomas, who belongs to...More

Thank SangeethaAnbalagan
Reviewed 1 week ago

A beautiful building and an interesting visit. I went during the day and again one evening. Stunning at night.

Thank smiler590
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is a 16th century Portugese Roman catholic Basilica. Though it is not the original building it is still built over the tomb of Saint Thomas. It was rebuilt in 1893 by the British. A must visit for people who love historical places.

Thank JogmayaPhukan
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is worth seeing if you are at all interested in church history in India. There is a modest museum of items from the early church in Chennai, and relics from St Thomas himself. The museum states that this is only one of three churches...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is believed to be built by Portuguese explorer over the Tomb of St Thomas, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus. It's neo-gothic styled Church. This church is one of the only three known churches in the world built over the tomb of an...More

Thank Vidsrungta
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

churches and basilicas are lovely quiet places of worship. go here to spend time with YOURSELF. walk down to the beach if you want. hungry ....????? grab a bite at the little bakery store at the entrance.... a venture of chennai corporation for the underprivileged.

Thank Tee B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Santhome church is close to Marina beach. The church has some really good architecture and the interiors are really beautiful. Must visit when you are in Chennai

Thank secretninjaaaa
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Its a beautiful church and they have made new chappel underground. they have blessed sacrement adoration. For those who know the history of Christianity in India, know the importance of this church.

Thank Lawrence C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

While I was visiting the church there was a service to celebrate a 50th wedding anniversary. The music was wonderful and the gorgeous colours of the ladies series were stunning. The is also the tomb of St.Thomas one of the 12 deciples. There are only...More

Thank Wilsons70
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AjishMundackal
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
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pattydove
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
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