San Thome Church, Chennai

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  • Address: 38, Santhome High Rd, Basha Garden, Mylapore, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600004, India
  • Timings: 05:30 am - 08:00 pm Details
  • Phone: 044-24985455
  • Time Required: 00:45 Mins
  • Tags: Church, Religious Site, Family And Kids, Architecture
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About San Thome Church, Chennai

One of the very few Gothic churches in Chennai, the San Thome Church with its unique location is one of the most important attractions of Chennai. The church is set picturesquely on the mortal remains of one of the twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ. The church derives its name from Saint Thomas, who came to India A.D.52 and died in A.D.72.

The significance of the church amplifies further with its being as one of the only two other Basilicas in the world that are built over the tomb of an apostle. Another feature of the church, underground chapel draws curious visitors. If you are a history buff, or someone who is fascinated by the intricate details of Portuguese style architecture, you are certain to be bowled over by this Chennai attraction. Also, visit the popular attractions in the city by following Chennai itinerary 1 day.

How To reach San Thome Church by Public Transport

  • Santhome Church Bus Station
  • Sivan Bus Stop Bus Station
  • Employment Office Bus Stop 

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  • Given its historical importance as the burial place of St.Thomas the apostle, one would have expected the church to be better maintained. Some of the newer areas like the underground chapel seems to have taken architectural inspiration from a third rate public toilet. Wonder who approved the designs.

  • The Basilica of St. Thomas called Santhome is located along the shore of Marina Beach. It is called a Basilica because it is built on the tomb of an apostle or houses the mortal remains of a saint or Apostle of Jesus Christ. St. Thomas was martyred in Tamil Nadu for spreading Christianity in 72 AD. The Basilica houses a small museum as well. Located in the busy roads of Chennai, the church gives a serene atmosphere, peace and calmness to the faithful.

  • A MUST IF ANYWHERE NEAR MARINA BEACH A white imposing building next to the sea is a delight to the eyes. One can visit it on a short trip. Don't forget to visit the museum in the basement. People of all religion are allowed. At a walking distance from the light house

  • This Basilica is special, one of the three churches in the world that is built on the tomb of an apostle / Saint. The place is named by the Saint - San Thome (Saint Thomas). The other two churches (Basilicas) are in Rome and Spain. A house of prayer and worship, the architecture is great. This place has an underground Chapel.

  • Very nice Church. One of the famous church in Chennai. Should go atleast once if u come to Chennai.

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