San Thome Basilica

Currently Open [Closes at 10:00 pm]
  • Address: 19/38, Santhome High Road, Off Rosary Church Road, Santhome, Mylapore, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600004, India
  • Timings: 06:00 am - 10:00 pm Details
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Tags: Art And Culture, Church, Religious Site, Museum, Family And Kids, Architecture

San Thome Basilica - Review

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.

One of the most revered churches of Chennai, San Thome Basilica is of much interest to the visitors as well as locals. Since this is a church, there are no tickets for San Thome Basilica. However, as you buy tickets for San Thome Basilica tours with us, you get an advantage of all the information at affordable costs. San Thome Basilica tickets are always in demand, hence, rush in order to get your share at the earliest with San Thome Basilica ticket prices, especially slashed for you.

San Thome Basilica Information

  • Make sure you get down to the tomb below the main altar.
  • Be sure to catch a charismatic sermon or mass. The timings are given above.
  • At different times, sermons are held in different languages.
  • Be sure to visit the church, library, gift shop and museum.

San Thome Basilica Hours

  • Mon to Sat 5:45 am (mass)-10:00 pm; Sundays 6:00 am (mass)-10:00 pm.

How To reach San Thome Basilica by Public Transport

  • Taxis, auto rickshaws available.
  • Buses to Anna Square are available.
  • Be sure to ask local travelers or the bus conductor for more specific details.

Restaurants Near San Thome Basilica

  • Dakshin (South Indian cuisine/approx. Rs. 3000 for two)
  • Burgundy’s (Indian, Oriental, Italian and Continental/ Rs. 2,200 for two)
  • Annalakshmi (South Indian, North Indian/ Rs. 800 for two)

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TripHobo Highlights for San Thome Basilica

  • San Thome Basilica Address: 19/38, Santhome High Road, Off Rosary Church Road, Santhome, Mylapore, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600004, India
  • San Thome Basilica Timing: 06:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • San Thome Basilica Price: Free
  • Best time to visit San Thome Basilica(preferred time): 05:45 am - 09:00 pm
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Things to Know Before Visiting San Thome Basilica

  • 50.94% of people who visit Chennai include San Thome Basilica in their plan

  • 47.64% of people start their San Thome Basilica visit around 07 AM - 08 AM

  • People usually take around 30 Minutes to see San Thome Basilica

Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday

94.21% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting San Thome Basilica

People normally club together Marina Beach and Vivekananda House while planning their visit to San Thome Basilica.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

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San Thome Basilica, Chennai Reviews

  • Forgot about what religion you are and go with an open mind. The church is so posh and will remind you of European style architecture. They do prayers in 5 languages - Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam, Tamil and English. You can check the schedule if you want to attend a specific one. The parking is spacious. You can go to the confession room and stay their for peace and calming experience.

  • One of the Must visiting place, this centuries-old cathedral whenever in Chennai. The altar is one of the only three in the world to be built atop an Apostle's tomb. The entrance to St. Thomas' tomb has an adjoining chapel, which can be accessed from behind the church. The gothic architecture and beautiful structure of the church building is really well -maintained. It looks wonderful with old structure with any alters. It give you a feel or era it was build. Well maintained and you will see the good old interior inside the cathedral. Wonderful prayerful experience!

  • It's a big church. It has a good length and width. The place is very serene and quiet .. It has lot of importance as it is associated with St Thomas memory. The church was reported to be first built by Portuguese and subsequently by English . The architecture is awesome . It's breathtaking to watch the tall pillars. The inside also is elegantly designed. There is lot of parking place around the church. If you are visiting Chennai, this place is one of the must visiting place.

  • One of the beautiful and important Churches in Chennai city. It is a national shrine. It is one of 3 churches worldwide that is erected on the tomb of Jesus' own apostles. This church has been transformed as per the ages. There are a lot of facilities available for the devotees and visitors now. There is a cave Chapel inside the Church where the tomb of St.Thomas is present. Prayerful atmosphere is omnipresent. Do not forget to visit the place of Our Lady of Mylapore....

  • A historical place of worship in Chennai where you can calm your soul and help yourself by devoting a time to pray to God the almighty. A silent and neat place though situated in one of the metropolitan city of India. Ample parking space and drinking water facility.

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