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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 yesterday

This Church is nice, make sure you look up at the ceiling. It is made of wood which is quite unusual for Churches. There is a nice statue of Jean Paul II on the left of the Church.

Thank YinYang01
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

San those church, big and beautiful church, easy to find the church because famous church, best and great facilities for all persons

Thank vmsatheesh22
Reviewed 1 week ago

When I went to airport, I asked the driver to drive me here. So surprised to be here just after the week our church shared the story on Thome that Sunday.

Thank Calton_Zhu
Reviewed 1 week ago

Chennai in olden days wAs just a coastal village of peacocks/mayils, and hence called Mayilai. a-dhvaitham/Saivam, which Christ tried unsuccessfully and fatally, to introduce into Jerusalem/Yerushaalayam, wAs the dominant faith in Mayilai. Into this Mayilai came the "doubting" Thomas, soon after crucification and resurrection of...More

Thank chithambe
Reviewed 1 week ago

This basilica claims to be one of the three in the world built on the remains of one of the original Christian apostles (the others being Santiago de Compostella, Spain, and the Vatican). What you don't realise until you read the brochure carefully is that...More

Thank Mark H
Reviewed 1 week ago

so clean, white and beautiful. An amazing vaulted timber ceiling inside with aisle filled with red and white gerbera arches. Lovely and well worth checking out.

Thank nakink
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent place. I came to this place & spent sometime there. Finally, I visited a shop where I bought buy two clergy collar shirts for my ministerial use.

Thank tnbalaji90
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice white big beautiful church.. In the heart of main city so definitely a must visit.. However nothing so mesmerising about it in terms of beauty...

Thank Punambience
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Said to Contain the Tomb of one of the 12 original Apostles, St. Thomas. It has marvellous architecture and serene atmosphere

Thank oliarul
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of the most beautiful churches I have had the pleasure to visit. The building is incredible. Beauty and serenity surrounding this place. A must visit place if you find yourself traveling in Chennai India. It feels very holy and at the same time very...More

Thank Jesus R
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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