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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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Your enjoyment will depend on your goal

Your enjoyment visiting this church will vary, depending on your goal. If you are devoutly christian, or if you enjoy history, as I do, then the significance of visiting a church... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Marietta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Your enjoyment visiting this church will vary, depending on your goal. If you are devoutly christian, or if you enjoy history, as I do, then the significance of visiting a church in Asia built upon the grave of one of the 12 disciples of Christ will be attraction of its own. If you want to see great architecture, or a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a great place to be if you are a Catholic and visit Chennai. San Thome Basilica (it is not just a Church) is a nice place, and below the altar is San Thome tomb. This is 1 out of 3 apostols that his tomb location is known, as Pedro in Rome or Santiago (Spain) in Compostela and a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I had been to Mt. St. Thomas where the apostle to India was martyred but had never visited this basilica and the tomb of St. Thomas until our August 2016 trip to Chennai. It is a very large, beautiful church and a very clean area of the city. In addition to the large church, there is an underground area to... More 

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Navi Mumbai, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Cleanliness of the church should be taken care of... The Ambience of the church and statues designs were excellent But the highlight is St.Thomas's tomb is been seen from the top through the floor of the altar where the masses are held.. And that i like it very much!!!!!!

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Thank mixpressindia
Chennai (Madras), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

St. Thome Cathedral is one of one only 3 churches in the world, built over the grave of one of Jesus' disciples.The environment is peaceful and best place to pray,

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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 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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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 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 6 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 6 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 1 week ago

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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