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San Thome Church, Chennai

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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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  • Beautiful church with a separate chapel where the burial and the relics of St. Thomas are kept. Peaceful place for contemplation. This is a must destination when visiting Chennai! 
    Beautiful church with a separate chapel where the burial and the relics of St. Thomas are kept. Peaceful place for contemplation. This is a must destination when visiting Chennai!  more »
  • Santhome Basilica is one of the three known churches in the world which was built over the tomb of an apostle of Jesus. It holds the tomb and relics of Saint Thomas The Apostle, a patron saint who... 
    Santhome Basilica is one of the three known churches in the world which was built over the tomb of an apostle of Jesus. It holds the tomb and relics of Saint Thomas The Apostle, a patron saint who...  more »
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  • An amazing church with great interiors. Very peaceful place. It has got a museum with things related to St. Thomas. It's a very important church connected to era of St. Thomas in India. There is a underground Chapel here. You can learn a lot about Saint Thomas' life history from this Church. There is beach behind the Church compound.
  • The San Thome Cathedral is probably the best Cathedral church in India. It's a magnificent building, very imposing, very powerful and spiritually uplifting. Wonderful experience. A must visit place in Chennai. They don't allow photos 😔 which is sad 😔. Or else I would have posted some powerful pictures completely out of this world.

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