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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 1 week ago

What an experience to attend mass on such HOLY GROUND. This is one of only 3 Cathedral's globally that has an apostle buried on the ground. This is the burial place of St Thomas the Apostle who came to India to convert people to Christianity.

Thank Louis James H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This church was burnt down and rebuilt; it was where St Thomas, one of Jesus' apostles, was buried and later exhumed. It is beautiful inside and has some interesting local fusions between Christianity and local beliefs - for instance Mother Mary in a saree, and...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great place to pray and be in peace.A great place to pray and be in peace.Beautiful Cathedral. Great architecture.

Thank Afrin S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an amazing basilica/church and well worth a visit. My friend and I were privileged to be invited up to the bell tower at 8 p.m. for the ringing of the huge bell. It was a memorable moment of vibrations that will be remembered...More

Thank SarahParsonsWest
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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...More

Thank iwsantoso
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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...More

Thank win_noronha
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank scenthill
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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...More

Thank ukrishnaswamy
Reviewed 4 weeks 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...More

Thank Jojijoseph2005
Reviewed 19 May 2017

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...More

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What is the mass timings ?
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
Near which beach is the church located.
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