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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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  • What an experience to attend mass on such HOLY GROUND. This is one of only 3 Cathedral's globally that has an apostle buried on the ground. This is the burial place of St Thomas the Apostle who came t...  more »
  • This church was burnt down and rebuilt; it was where St Thomas, one of Jesus' apostles, was buried and later exhumed. It is beautiful inside and has some interesting local fusions between Christianity...  more »
  • A great place to pray and be in peace.A great place to pray and be in peace.Beautiful Cathedral. Great architecture.  more »