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San Thome Church, Chennai (Madras)
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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 (Madras) tourist route planner to visit San Thome Church on your trip to Chennai (Madras), and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • The tuk-tuk's uncle took me. It was very beautiful stained-glass Windows. Some there were people in the region are prayers. You can use and to pay toilets.
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  • St. Thomas Cathedral is located near the lighthouse with a viewing platform and if you go from Marina Beach by (or on) the lighthouse perpendicular to the shore, you'll see the towering white pointed towers. It is believed that in the Cathedral lie the remains of St. Thomas-founder of Madras (later named Chennai). Nice, reasonably priced and ... somehow not Indian). In India, quite a lot of Catholics. Apparently, this is a legacy of the colonial past. Beautiful place!
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  • Me and my girlfriend went here during out stay in Chennai. Both Christian people, the decision to go to the San Thome Basilica was easily made. The place on itself is special enough, due to the fact t...  more »