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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 5 days ago via mobile

Good one for a quick visit... It has a small museum also... And beside it there are multiple churches also... Its really a good one for a quick visit...

Thank Arpita D
Reviewed 1 week ago

It is said that the Apostle, St. Thomas, came to India in AD 52, dying as a martyr twenty years later. This Basilica is supposedly built over his tomb. Blood soaked earth and the spear head which killed him are said to be buried beside...More

Thank Trevor93
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had no idea St Thomas was martyred here in Chennai - we went and had a look for interest - if you have spare time its worth a pop in but the temples and other areas were much more interesting

Thank DurbanKimJ
Reviewed 1 week ago

It is one of the most beautiful church in Chennai. The tomb of st. Thomas tho was one among the twelve disciples Jesus visited India and was buried here. The tomb is at the basement of basilica. The whole building is incredible and the beauty...More

Thank worldwomantourist
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a soul searching time during my visit. Came to this church after walking up from Marina beach. They were celebrating their 25th Jubilee so the church was decorated nicely. The cathedral has been here since the 16th century and rebuilt many times. (Workers were...More

Thank Tan T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks 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 3 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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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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