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“Santhome services”
Review of San Thome Church

San Thome Church
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Private Chennai Tour: San Thome Church, Kapaleeshwar Temple, Marina Beach and...
Ranked #5 of 364 things to do in Chennai
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Mumbai, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Santhome services”
Reviewed 20 February 2012

Beautiful (modern) music at the English Sunday morning mass. Lovely building with (mostly working) ceiling fans.

Visited January 2012
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Chennai, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Lovely architecture for a major historical homage in Chennai”
Reviewed 20 February 2012

Legend has it that Thomas the apostle came to Kerala, then Tamil Nadu, before his murder and. Urial in what is now Chennai. His name, St Thomas, has now lent itself to Santhome. As a final resting place of an apostle, it took the Catholic church centuries to acknowledge the heritage, but now Santhome is designated as a Basilica, e.g., final resting place for an apostle. No historian should leave Chennai without visiting this Basilica, as well as Little Mount. Santhome basilica has a peaceful atmosphere, and the crypt for Thomas is simple, quiet, perfect for a moment of reflection ina busy, noisy City of 7 million.

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Newark, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Beautiful Place!”
Reviewed 14 February 2012

Quiet and solemn. Down a quiet block where i lived for awhile. I took friends to the cathedral. They loved wandering around there too! Check it out if you are in Chennai.

Visited November 2011
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“A must stop whislt in Chennai”
Reviewed 10 February 2012

Beautiful Cathedral - one of three worldwide that is built over a saint. Very accomodating for taking pictures. Do not forget to visit St. Thomas's tomb located behind the cathedral.

Visited February 2012
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Chennai, India
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“great church”
Reviewed 10 February 2012

church was nice and good ,inside and outside. it was so lovely to see all the people praying inside. they even took their shoes out before they entered the church.

but the beaches were terrible :
--- human excretions everywhere, unhygenic and smelly. avoid this beach.

Visited February 2012
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