We were given only a few minutes to visit this church, reputedly the final resting place of St Thomas, he of a doubting nature. Arriving in Kerala from the Holy Land in AD52 he was bringing Christianity to the Jewish community alreay living there. Later moving into neighbouring Tamil Nada, tradition has it that he successfully converted several Hindu which upset others resulting in his matyrdom on St Thomas Mount. His remains were entombed in the chapel below the great Basilica originally constructed by Portugese explorers, and rebuilt later by the British. Having become the his shrine, it contains an unusual depiction of the crucified Christ, dressed in full priestly vestments and suspended over an open lotus blossom, with attendent peacocks. Given the little time given on our Titan Tour to enjoy this attraction, our guide actually failed to mention the Tomb chapel below, and I only stumbled onto its entrance by going behind the main altar whilst briefly exploring this interesting place.
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