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Address: 38, San Thome High Road, Chennai (Madras), India
Phone Number:
+91 44 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
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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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I was very nice to visit the places there,Underneath the cathedral is the tomb of St Thomas, "Doubting Thomas", who was supposedly martyred here in India. There is also a museum... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I was very nice to visit the places there,Underneath the cathedral is the tomb of St Thomas, "Doubting Thomas", who was supposedly martyred here in India. There is also a museum with historic relics. The cathedral is quite beautiful inside,with vaulted timber ceilings etc

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This 1893 built cathedral, in Neo-Gothic style, replacing the much earlier Portugese one, is a very impressive, pure white structure rising up from the surrounding streets and close to the squalor of the squatters humpies on South Marina beach. Underneath the cathedral is the tomb of St Thomas, "Doubting Thomas", who was supposedly martyred here in India. There is also... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A pleasant walking trip round Mylapore (Chennai Magic) which included the Church of St Thomas. The church is supposedly the resting place of St Thomas the Apostle.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Probably like most visitors to Chennai, I had no Idea that St Thomas was buried here and that Pope John Paul visited here. Apparently it's a bone fragment from the right had of St Thomas (that which famously checked out the wounds of Jesus - as "Doubting Thomas") What's also interesting is the history of the church which was built... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This church has the tomb of St Thomas which can be viewed together with a museum and the church. Tranquil hassle free place.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Ancient church where the relics of St.Thomas is buried. His tomb is at the church. Quiet place for contemplation. Located near the beach. There is also museum in the premises.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An historic part of Christianity and India's ancient history. The site of the final resting place of St. Thomas who was

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This beautiful edifice stands tall on the shores of the Marina Beach, chennai. One of the oldest churches in India this Basilica attracts many a visitor both foreign & locals. Many pilgrims are suitably rewarded as they spend time in silent prayer. Our Lady of Mylapore obtains numerous blessings for all who draw near. Indeed a splendid church to spend... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Let me preface this by saying I was not with a guide. If you had a guide, this could potentially be a very interesting stop. That being said, the church itself isn't very architecturally inspiring. You wont be in awe.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Santhome church is always my favourite place. It includes St. Thomas tomb and a museum. A miraculous place where your prayers are answered. it's a basilica so it is famous all over the world.

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