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San Thome Church, Chennai

#2 of 129 in Historic Sites in Chennai
Church · Architectural Building
Visit an important place of Christian pilgrimage in India at San Thome Church. Built by the Portuguese over the tomb of St. Thomas, an apostle who preached in India between 52 and 72 CE, the basilica was reconstructed in its current form by the British in 1893. Bearing an imposing Neo-Gothic architectural design and white coloration, the basilica attracts visitors of faith and casual tourists with its historical importance, atmosphere of reverence, and striking appearance. Stop by the attached museum to learn more about the story of St. Thomas and Christianity in India. Use our Chennai road trip planner to visit San Thome Church on your trip to Chennai, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • The Santhome Church is one of the oldest churches of Chennai. Located at a very convenient location near the lighthouse of Marina Beach, it is easily accessible from anywhere in Chennai. The Church...  more »
  • San Thome Church, also known as St. Thomas Cathedral Basilica and National Shrine of Saint Thomas, is a Roman Catholic minor basilica in Santhome, in the city of Chennai, This church has the status...  more »
  • very peaceful place. The whole cathedral looks extremely beautiful and the architecture of the basilica looks amazing. The interior art work is too good. you can come here anytime and sit and pray and have peace of mind. I heard that This place is said to give you positivity. Many foreigners comes to this cathedral. This place is well maintained and clean..!! The parking space is small because there will be too many visitors during Sundays and there is shortage in parking space. Separate Restrooms are available for male and female.
  • Absolutely Beautiful! The Cathedral is fully white and extremely beautiful with work of art interior. The whole cathedral has generous parking space and is ideal for marriage (I have witnessed a beautiful christian wedding with almost 40 cars parked). It has a heritage of history with Saint Thomas which you can read online in details.

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