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“THE RAJ AT PRAYER”
Review of San Thome Church

San Thome Church
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed February 21, 2013

A lovely old church ,full of character.The memorial plaques are fascinating- take time to read them- they are the history of the Raj in stone.

Thank albert057
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Reviewed February 21, 2013

I arrived at 9:30 for Sunday mass and was amazed that the Basilica was full, the mass was in English and the priest from Don Bosco gave an excellent homily . The singing was good.
After mass I visited the tomb of St. Thomas (one of Christ's first apostles) .The tomb of St. Thomas is in a small grotto behind the Basilica.

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Reviewed February 18, 2013

The basilica itself is a gorgeous white church with stained glass windows. The tomb of Thomas in the building behind is free to visit and worth it for those who believe in Jesus. I had no idea before visiting Chennai that Thomas had gone to India! there is a small museum about the history of the site as well.

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Reviewed February 6, 2013

White facade to this catholic church is tmpressive and it is interesting to see the influence of St Thomas and also the portugese on this area of India. Worth a visit

Thank Bellou2
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Reviewed February 3, 2013

We were given only a few minutes to visit this church, reputedly the final resting place of St Thomas, he of a doubting nature. Arriving in Kerala from the Holy Land in AD52 he was bringing Christianity to the Jewish community alreay living there. Later moving into neighbouring Tamil Nada, tradition has it that he successfully converted several Hindu which upset others resulting in his matyrdom on St Thomas Mount. His remains were entombed in the chapel below the great Basilica originally constructed by Portugese explorers, and rebuilt later by the British. Having become the his shrine, it contains an unusual depiction of the crucified Christ, dressed in full priestly vestments and suspended over an open lotus blossom, with attendent peacocks. Given the little time given on our Titan Tour to enjoy this attraction, our guide actually failed to mention the Tomb chapel below, and I only stumbled onto its entrance by going behind the main altar whilst briefly exploring this interesting place.

Thank jollyrobert
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