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San Thome Church

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Address: 38, San Thome High Road, Chennai (Madras), India
Phone Number: +91-044- 2498 5455
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6:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No
Description: Probably the most magnificent and prominent reminder of Chennai's colonial...
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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A beautiful building in a wonderful land but ....

Once again in India it was a surprise to see just how much money was going in to the Christian churches of the country. The church is again the centre of a religious and... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Once again in India it was a surprise to see just how much money was going in to the Christian churches of the country. The church is again the centre of a religious and educational complex. St Thomas's claim to fame is his tomb though now there's only a small fragment of finger bone left to revere - those body... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Don't miss the museum. It is behind the main church which is spectacular. The museum also has a small sanctuary with a lot of St. Thomas memories in it. Check your shoes for safety when entering (free).

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Chennai (Madras), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

I visited church in the morning when morning mass (malayalam) was going on .I loved to visit this church again as it got a very silent place to prayer.better to visit the church in the weekdays as rush will be less.

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bangalore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

it is worth a quick visit for the history behind the church. they have done the restoration and it does make it look better. but am not an expert to judge whether it is done well or with care to its past. avoid when mass is being celebrated or sundays.

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Bavaria, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Every church or building is equally important.but this church is super because the remains of st thomas one of the disciples of India who came to Kerala in AD 52 and who was martyred near mylapore in Tamil nadu in AD 72 is buried here. This is one of the only 3 churches in the world built over the tombs... More 

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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

This is a historic spot. Below the church lies the tomb of Saint Didiymus Thomas, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ. Its said to be one of only 3 places in the world with a genuine tomb of an apostle - the others being Santiago de Compostela in Spain and Saint Peters in Vatican. You have to take... More 

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kerala
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

the San Thome Church has such an interesting history, but you really have to search and even then you may not get much of the interesting story. You can wander through the museum by yourself and go down through to the passage and into the prayer hall where the tomb lies, again educating yourself as you go, and again missing... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

For all you relic hunters, here is a two for the price of one. The underground chapel contains a bone fragment of St Thomas in a fine reliquary while the museum holds the head of the spear that killed the saint in a similarly fine display. All within the icing sugar spired church, what more could you ask for?

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Johns Creek, Georgia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Without TripAdvisor, I know we would have missed seeing this Cathedral and home to the remains of the Apostle Thomas. A very spiritual visit/moment being able to be in this holy church. I didn't realize that only 3 of the apostles remains are known to the world today - so very grateful to have visited this site.

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Helsinki, Southern Finland, Finland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

one of the oldest churches . a landmark in chennai .. must see for all the people.. it has a nice feel overalll

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