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“No doubting St Thomas” 4 of 5 stars
Review of San Thome Church

San Thome Church
38, San Thome High Road, Chennai (Madras), India
+91-044- 2498 5455
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$26*
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Private Tour: Chennai Sightseeing Including Fort...
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Churches/ Cathedrals, Cultural
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Fee: No
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.
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“No doubting St Thomas”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

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.

Visited November 2012
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“16th century Portugese architecture amidst the hustle and bustle!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

Coming to the place after an early morning walk from T. Nagar was well worth it.

It was my first time to see such architecture since most of the catholic churches I see are Spanish influenced.

It's maintained pretty well without compromising it to look too new or renovated. For me it retained it's natural charm somehow.

Visited May 2012
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“The Final Resting place of Saint Thomas the apostle”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

Only three place in the world has a cathedral build over the resting place of apostle of Christ. One of them is San Thome Cathedral. the other s are the vatican, and st james in spain. This is truly a historic place. One can see the tomb of St thomas here.

Visited December 2012
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“This actually St Thomas”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

It is called after the apostal Thomas and is typical a catholic church.
Easy to find on St Thomas mount (as they believe that he died there)

Visited January 2013
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“An apostles tomb”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

The only church in the world built over the spot where an apostle died. Well worth a visit. The catedral a riot of pinnacles and stained glass. The day we were there the power in the catacombs was off and we had to find our way down the stairs and into the linoleum decorated burial chamber by the light of our i-phones. Highly interesting but somehow the harsh neon lights make the whole experience disappointing. The museum has some interesting relics.

Visited January 2013
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