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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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Hours:
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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Beautifully historic

Very nicely maintained. I had been here before but was not aware that St Thomas' tomb was located here. Curious about the apparent lack of security around the tomb and relics, but... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Very nicely maintained. I had been here before but was not aware that St Thomas' tomb was located here. Curious about the apparent lack of security around the tomb and relics, but maybe it is just not needed.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Glad to visit such a place in my life.One of the holy place for Christians in India. Come and ray with fure heart and go with peace..

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Muttukadu, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

the santhome balisca is one of the most important place for the christian faith. One of the disciples rests here in peace .St. Thomas A lot of visitors from all over the world visit here

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a really important building in Chennai and well worth visitng. It is a Catholic church and the 3rd most important church in the world for pilgrimages The remains of St Thomas were buried in the crypt of the church and are visited by people of all religions Our guide took uss here on our first morning in Chennai... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It was great to know that this Church was built on top of St. Thomas burial and it has great history and Chennai should be proud to have this Santhome Basicila.. We should spend some time and know the history of the church.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Sanit Thomas Basilica Church is first of all a devotional church were many pilgrims Christians and Hindu and Muslim people go and pray at the beautiful underground cripty where the remains are beneath the Altar.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Golden flag pole in the typical South Indian style temple is unique of this.Tall white spires glittering in the sun is another.Stained glasses in the interior add colours. Candles burning outside are also very good.But for the best part you have to get out through the door at the backside where in the background of blue and yellow you find... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is one of the oldest Church in Chennai city and it is very famous in chennai city located in Guindy area this is Roman catholic Church , very beautiful Church and If any person came for visit to Chennai then must go there it is most famous attraction in Chennai

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and i visited this Church on Christmas morning. Felt blessed to be part of this holy celebration. Absolutely stunning Church.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Located in busy stretch of Santhome high road, this church is very popular amongst foreigners, tourists and locals. It takes you back several decades with its architecture-style.

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