Built over the tomb of one of the apostles of Jesus, St. Thomas, San Thome Cathedral Basilica is a Roman Catholic Basilica located in Santhome in the city of Chennai. It is the main church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Madras and Mylapore. In 1956, the church was raised to the status of a Basilica Minor and 2006, was declared as a national shrine. This shrine was built over the Saints tomb, constructed in such a manner that its smaller tower is directly positioned over the tomb. This site is a popular pilgrimage site and has been attracting devotees for more than a thousand years, including Marco Polo. Situated near Marina Beach, the San Thome Cathedral Basilica is a world famous shrine, church and museum and an attraction for pilgrims and tourists the world over.
The Gothic architecture of the Basilica is splendid, with its magnificent edifice and tall spires. The steeple stands at 155 feet and the sanctuary is 62 feet long and 33 feet wide. The nave is 112 feet long and 33 feet wide, under a 6 feet high ceiling. Vines leaves are carved all around the arches. Much of the architecture is owed to Captain J.A. Power, a retired officer of the Royal Engineers as well as a parishioner of Santhome. Glass windows painted with the image of Jesus appearing to St. Thomas greet those who come to pray, with the words ‘Be not faithless, but believe’. The church provides a soothing atmosphere for people to find some peace and offer prayers, or even just to gaze at the beautiful architecture. A particularly precious piece of art present in the shrine is a statue of Mother Mary, in front of which St. Francis Xavier used to pray. About 3 feet high, this representation of Mary is called ‘MylaiMatha’.
World famous traveler Marco Polo travelled to the site in 1292 and another anonymous Italian pilgrim compared the beauty of the church to that of the Church of St. John and St. Paul in Venice. Since its creation, the Basilica has undergone a lot of restoration and renovation, without which it would stand today in ruins. The church has published a book of hymns, available in stalls and has sermons available on their website. It’s definitely a must see and travelers will be delighted by the basilica’s grand and ethereal beauty, it being an exquisite testament to love and faith.
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Very peaceful place... But certain times when the visitors can't be controlled the silence is lost in the tomb of lord santhome, but the church is quit silent and peaceful, anyone could go into deep meditation in the church. The church is very old and so promises you with its English wooden architecture... Museum is not that interesting with very few exhibits... Overall, a peaceful time spent in the church
The Basilica is not maintained well like Fr.Lawerence Raj. Even the plants are not watered properly and regularly. A lot of dust and cobweb inside the church. My special appeal to the Parish Priest is that he should go around the church for perfect maintenance St.Anthony statue is maintained to the worst. These are not the complaints but special request to preserve the Basilica. Thanks and amen. Thomas C Beschy
One of the biggest and pleasant RC church in chennai.. Very close to Marina Beach. Offers multilingual Mass. Huge parking space...
Great place. Amid city crowd this place stands taller and offers some peaceful time to pray or meditate. One of the historic place too...
The Most Holy Place. Whenever I come here I return with peace.