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Address: 38, San Thome High Road, Chennai (Madras), India
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+91 44 2498 5455
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06:00 - 20:00
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Sun - Sat 06:00 - 20:00
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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One of the must visit places in Chennai...

This is one of the must visit places in Chennai which is located in Mylapore. Really marvelous architecture. St Thomas tomb is located in back side of church. The small museum... read more

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Hyderabad, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is one of the must visit places in Chennai which is located in Mylapore. Really marvelous architecture. St Thomas tomb is located in back side of church. The small museum above St Thomas Tomb is very informative. Really felt great.

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Ashby-de-la-Zouch, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

St Thomas, my guide book told me, expired at Chennai in the course of a mssionary visit after the death of Christ after "taking a spear up the backside." Nowadays, there is an attractive 19th century church to visit. Be sure as well to go into the building behind it; in an underground room (no photos) priests preach to large... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

St Thomas Tomb will always remain a place of prayer and deep connect with roots .The Museum and the underground tomb connect you to history . Detailed description of twelve apostles in the Basilica is worth reading A pilgrimage is better realised if it starts with Marthoma Pontifical shrine at Kodungalloor(Muziris),Kerala where St Thomas landed by ship and ends with... More 

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This Cathedral is one of the most visit place from all aròund the world in the city. It is located at Mylapore near to Santhom beach. Cathedral Architect is so amazing and spectacular. St Thomas Tomb is located below the Cathedral with Beautiful Chapel located inside the Tomb, where one can have silent meditation and prayer. The place is well... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Only 3 of the disciples of Jesus were buried in major churches. Peter in Rome, James at Santiago de Compostela and Thomas who was buried at San Thome cathedral in Chennai. Beautifully maintained.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Located on busy Mylapore stretch in Santhome area, very popular church amongst locals and tourists. architecture is very scenic and well-maintained place.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Services were going on when I visited, so only stayed a moment. Visited tomb and then left. Museum was only a small room.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A hidden gem in TamilNadu and a must visit. Its such a serene and sacred place. Built on a good location and pouring with wonder in the inside. As a non christian only, I loved the place, can imagine how christains might worship the place :) It gives description of all twelve disciples of Jesus. This church is one of... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It houses the national shrine of St Thomas 'Doubting Thomas' (one of the 12 apostles). He came to India & was supposedly buried at Mylapore. The church was built over the Tomb. The church is large & of typical christian design. It also houses a museum & a copy of the casket of St Thomas' is in the crypt.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

One of three Basilicas in the world built over the tomb of one of the 12 apostles. INCREDIBLE history here, a beautiful church, and wonderful parishioners who were very welcoming during the 6:00am English service. This is a MUST-SEE if you are in Chennai, and the more you read about it and take it on while you are there, the... More 

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