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Address: 38, San Thome High Road, Chennai (Madras), India
Phone Number: +91-044- 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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It is a lovely church, gives you a great sense of peace. Try combining it with the Marina beach as both are very close together.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It is a lovely church, gives you a great sense of peace. Try combining it with the Marina beach as both are very close together.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Nothing so attractive. There are many other good places nearby better than this. Average place to visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

One of Jesus' Apostles, St. Thomas, preached in India from 52 A.D. to 72 A.D., when he was martyred in Chennai, at St. Thomas Mount. Over his tomb, Portuguese explorers, on the 16th century, built the first church devoted to St. Thomas (or "São Thomé", in the Portuguese language), the holy "Apostle of India". The original church was rebuilt by... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Have been to the San Thome church a couple of times. Beautiful architecture. Very historical church. Must see place if you are visiting Chennai as a tourist( and as a pilgrim) . Very close to the Marina Beach, 2nd longest beach ! Mass conducted in both English and Tamil( native language). Please avoid the San Thome high road during 8.30-9.30... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The atmosphere in there is very beautiful, is like feeling a "togetherness" of Christianity and Hinduism... we are all One... a lot of Love and Peace and calmness everywhere.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Holy place and must visit place for Chennaites. Please go there and feel the presence of God. Must visit place

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this church resembles the history of st Thomas, there is a museum and tomb of holy st.thomas. this gave me very good feeling.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For Christian visitors to Chennai, this is an important place to visit. It is one of only three places in the world where one can actually visit a place where a disciple of Jesus is buried. There is a small chapel below the actual church where one can sit and meditate in silence. There is also a small museum attached... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hey Guys this is one of the place to visit while you are in Chennai. This beautiful church is magnificent and situated on SAN Thome Road near the Marina beach on your way to the Airport from the city and cannot be missed. Its fully white and looks amazing so definitely one should visit this place which is good for... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had visited this beautiful church located 2km away from Marina beach during our sightseeing in Chennai. This is a Roman Catholic church built over the tomb of apostle Saint Thomas. We were impressed to see the Gothic style architectural beauty of the milky white exterior of the church. Inside we found a group of foreigners standing in a line... More 

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