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Address: 38, San Thome High Road, Chennai (Madras), India
Phone Number: +91-044- 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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Nice Church

I am not a christian but I went along with my friend and it is holy place not only Christians any one can visit here and it has very good look

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I am not a christian but I went along with my friend and it is holy place not only Christians any one can visit here and it has very good look

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

this a holy place to visit. though it is a christian chruch any one can visit. this is a peaceful place

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A nice cathedral in Chennai, a little spoilt by the poverty of the nearby fishing community. Sad that such obvious church wealth should sit check and jowl with such obvious poverty. Nonetheless, the inside of the building is quite a spectacle beyond the normal Catholic glitz. Pictures of the events during the lives of the saints adorn the inside. The... More 

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Chennai (Madras), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Catholic pilgrimage center and a popular tourist destination of Chennai. It has a museum and a well preserved history of Saint Thomas apostle of Jesus Christ. The centuries old church architecture is unique and very well preserved. The woodwork and glass stained windows are exquisite. Entry to and exit from this magnificent cathedral is is a problem as the San... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Visited this Church during my last trip in 2013 and also recently. Very Unique and historic building. Easily accessible.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Beautiful white Gothic strecture, attractive in and out, visit St. Thomas' tomb below. Only 3 basilica worldwide house tombs of apostles

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Only 3 Church in the world where lord Jesus fellow Saints are burried & Chennai is one of them.Very clean & quiet place

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Even most of the locals will be surprised to know that the Santhome Church is one of the three churches across the globe to rest on top of the remains apostles. This church has the remains of St. Thomas who traveled to India to spread Christianity in first century. He died near Saint Thomas Mount(Guindy Chennai) and was believed to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

very peaceful church, enjoyed the architecture and designs. nice place for peace and relax. morning is best

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Amazing place. you can see airplane landing & taking off as its near airport only. you can go to this place with friends. a serene place i must say.

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