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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...more
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38 San Thome High Road, Chennai (Madras) 600004, India
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Reviewed yesterday

Was delighted to visit the St Thomas basilica. So much history. Has been able to see his tomb. The place was quiet and peaceful. A must to visit.

Thank Beatrice150
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As the reviews say, this church is built over the tomb of St Thomas, one of the twelve deciples of Jesus. There are only two other similar sites - St Peter's in Rome Italy and St James in Spain. Its decoration is light and airy,...More

Thank Charles_and_Susan
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A very pleasant place to sit alone with a good ambience at least have to visit once having a great time

Thank Akhil P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Yhe San Thome Church is simply beautiful and the ancient Situated along the famous Marina Beach road. architecture is amazing. People of all walks of live, locals and from foreign throng together here every day to see the wonders of this historical, heritage and Biblical...More

Thank Ruth M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I visited this church with my Fiance when we went for our marriage classes. It's extremely beautiful and we were a part of the evening mass in the dome church which was blissful. They maintain the church really well. I'd love to go back again...More

Thank ChrisG7401
Reviewed September 17, 2018

So this is the famous basilica where St Thomas was buried when he was killed. But his body is no longer here (taken back to Rome it seems) but it is still an important place in history. His burial place is preserved with an alter...More

Thank albertsebastian
Reviewed September 16, 2018

another highlight of Chennai and worth visit a place. church and museum therein are well maintained and architecture is awesome

Thank Reshma R
Reviewed September 16, 2018

As part of the different places we hopped to on our Chennail visit, we also visited the San Thome church. The church is right on the beach and is very well kept and clean

Thank Satish B
Reviewed September 16, 2018

San Thome Church is another one of Chennai's highlights. It is worth a visit. The catedral itself isn't too big, but the architecture and the details are very nice and interesting. Inside, there's San Thome's tomb.

Thank Komator
Reviewed September 8, 2018 via mobile

Architecture of this church will take you back to colonial days and it has got a very good museum too, for which entry is free and it will give you the history of St. Thomas.

Thank Maruthu K
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The religious and cultural epicenter of Chennai,
Mylapore is highly revered by the
locals and tourists
for the rich history and architectural marvels that
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Response from Balasubramanian S | Reviewed this property |
6 am 7 am and 12 noon also in the evenings . There is huge gatherings and people stand outside the church when it gets full . Lot of Hindus also visit this wonderful Church on the Marina beach. Very well maintained church... More
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Response from gausan51 | Reviewed this property |
Friend, the church is not nearer to Elliots beach known as Besant Nagar beach. Please note the following differences: 1. Santhome church is nearer to Light house and to Marina beach and it is 200 metres from Marina... More