St. Thomas Mount National Shrine, Chennai (Madras)

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#7 of 57 in Historic Sites in Chennai (Madras)
On top of St. Thomas hillock lies St. Thomas Mount National Shrine, dedicated to the Virgin Mary and marking the site where apostle Thomas was allegedly martyred. Even though the shrine dates from 1523, historians trace the holy site back to India's ancient Syrian Christian community in the 1st century CE. Start your exploration of these sacred grounds from the gateway of four cross-surmounted arches, and head towards the mountain's peak by taking a flight of 160 steps. On your way to the summit you'll encounter 14 Stations of the Cross, where you can rest and take in the view. By using our Chennai (Madras) vacation generator, you can arrange your visit to St. Thomas Mount National Shrine and other attractions in Chennai (Madras).
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  • August 10, 2017
    We visited on 6 Aug 2017 with 23 friends. It was a sacred place for the Christianity in India. It was an uphill task to climb the top where shrine was located. But after reaching the top, it was spect...  more »
  • July 2, 2017
    We had a couple hours of waiting in Chennai until our flight would go and our driver took us to St. Thomas because it is located near the airport. It was late at night and just after Christmas and it was a spectacular experience. The view and the Indian interpretation of Christianity's Christmas is purely wonderful. Peaceful location high above the Chennai's vibrant city life.
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  • May 11, 2017
    One of the smallest and culturally rich and historically very famous Syrian style church in Chennai. Those who believe in Jesus Christ or not or even an atheist should visit this place to admire the b...  more »
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  • June 1, 2017
    Good place on the top of a small Hill. Well maintained. Airport run way is viewable from here.Good place to see flight take off and landing.
  • June 5, 2017
    It is not only a national shrine of international importance.It was the benchmark for India geomapping..Manual maps under British raj are exact with the satellite maps of today. The manual equipments of those days are availabe in London science museum.
  • July 15, 2017
    The place has a great view and is very quite so you can spend time in peace
  • April 22, 2017
    A well maintained place, showing christian history. It lies on a hilltop, encompassing the complete view of city. Go there in the evening if you want to refresh your mind.
  • May 12, 2017
    Calm and peaceful place. I don't know about its history and stuff but on thing for sure if your a person who loves to see and click pics of Aeroplane taking off and landing at the chennai airport this is the place to be💙 Ps: they charge 20rs for zoom lens :P and 10rs for two wheelers.

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