San Thome Church, Chennai (Madras)

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) road trip 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 Portuguese originally built this church in 16C on the spot where St Thomas ('doubting Thomas') was buried in the 1st century. Subsequently, the British rebuilt the church in the 1890s and, sadly, ...  more »
  • We loved this church built on the relics of St. Thomas, an apostle of Christ. There was an office during our visit with great fervour and a singer and his synthesizer building is simple but beautiful
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  • featured open church at Fort St. George. Always open. A place of rest in the rather busy Fort area. And it's also cool
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