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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  • San Thome Church is not to be missed while visiting Chennai. It is near other sights and won't take more than an hour. Moreover, it is a really peacefull sight (something that is not that usual in urb...  more »
  • Having walked from the beach to the cathedral I was of course forced to walk through the slum the cathedral overlooks and I was disgusted that the Catholic Church still take from these people when are...  more »
  • Good one for a quick visit... It has a small museum also... And beside it there are multiple churches also... Its really a good one for a quick visit...  more »

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