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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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  • Look under the pews for s bit of more history, wonderful inspiring church not the quick been there seen it. Trouble has been taken to give an experience not a quick glossing over. Take your time 
  • This is my second visit to Chennai and St Thome's is always worth another visit. Impressive facade and the interior is quite unique for a Catholic Church,no nailed Jesus to the Cross, but a kingly Jes...  more »
  • Lovely architecture in traditional Portuguese style. Clean and well maintained. The bishop's house next door is worth a view, they are very welcoming and may offer tea/coffee. The site boasts the buri...  more »