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Address: 38, San Thome High Road, Chennai (Madras), India
Phone Number: +91 44 2498 5455
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Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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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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historical church

we went for a marriage there was huge gathering.It was built in the 16th century by Portuguese explorers. me and my family enjoyed the ancient.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

we went for a marriage there was huge gathering.It was built in the 16th century by Portuguese explorers. me and my family enjoyed the ancient.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We had the privilege of visiting this beautiful Cathedral in January 2017. Below the main alter is the crypt of Saint Thomas the apostle. There is only 3 known burial sites of known apostles ( Rome for St. Peter, Spain for St. James, and Chennai for St. Thomas). So, to be able to visit such a location is an amazing... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Unfortunately we could not gain entrance fully to the church as there was a large wedding taking place but it was interesting hearing the service in Indian. We were able to go down to view the Crypt where a relic of Doubting Thomas is displayed. We learned a new story of the life of one of Jesus's disciples. A very... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Fairly run of the mill but it made a change from temple visiting. The Blessed Sacrament chapel is stunning. You pay 20 rupees to use the loo and expect to be given a ticket. But the attendant doesn't issue one! Nice work if you can get it!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Sat here with folded hands for around 15 mins, looking at people coming by... praying, expressing their trust in GOD. Excellent, calm, serene place and must visit for people visiting Chennai. Lucky for me having got the opportunity to be at this very place.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Well worth a visit to this historic church built on the site of an earlier church, and claiming to house the remains of St Thomas ('doubting' Thomas)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Its a beautiful Church. Since, we went on Sunday in the morning, the prayers were going on. Beautiful church in the main city and well maintained. In the back of church the history and Basilica of St. Thomas is there, which was really great. Very peaceful place. A must visit, if you are visiting Chennai

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The bustle of the local Hindu temples are a stark contrast to this amazing piece of gothic style architecture. The church is the place where St Thomas (one of the apostles was buried). He was murdered in Chennai having spread the gospel across South India (starting in the West). The church has amazingly intricate Stations of the Cross and is... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This church like much in Chennai doesn't stand out as aweinspiring or wow! The underground tomb for St Tomas was interesting. It isn't out of the way so probably worth a look!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited a decade ago but just wanted to share this place is unforgettable and feels like it was yesterday that I visited.

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