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#4 of 784 Places To Visit in Chennai
san thome basilica
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38, Santhome High Road, Mylapore, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, 600004, India
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All days of the week
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM

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Situated in Mylapore. Located on Santhome High road at the point where the Kutchery road turns to Kamarajar Salai, near St Bede's Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School. So travel safely and have a great time in Chennai.

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Built in the 16th century by Portuguese and rebuilt by the British in 1893, San Thome Basilica is a Catholic minor basilica. Today what stands is the British form, constructed in the Neo-Gothic style, the favored architectural style in late 19th century of the British architects. Principal church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Madras and Mylapore, San Thome church was elevated to the status of Basilica by the Pope Pius XII in 1956 and declared a national shrine in February of 2006 by the Catholic Bishop's Conference of India. Resplendent in white and appearing more like a small luminous castle, the church gains its distinction from the fact that it is one of the only three churches in the world built over tomb of one of the twelve apostles of Christ, being that of St. Thomas in case of San Thome. Down a flight of stairs is the underground tomb chapel where the tomb of St. Thomas lies. Encased in glass a marble altar has been built over the tomb with a statue of St. Thomas. A beautiful, serene site, the stained glasses inside telling the story of St. Thomas set it alight with colourful calmness. There is a museum, library and shop selling Christmas cards and prayer material inside the church building.

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Atul Kumar
Atul Kumar
San Thome Church
Jun 26 2014
Probably the most magnificient and prominrnt reminder of chennai's colonial lineage.the Sam thome church bears a colossal amount of history......
Mohamed Thoufiq
Mohamed Thoufiq
good one
Jun 23 2014
Its a old near sea u can visit as it is also near very popular marina beach visit it is nice sites enjoy