St Thomas English Church

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St Thomas English Church
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Honisoiquimalypense
Derby, UK1,355 contributions
Peaceful spot in the madness of Chennai.
Mar 2020 • Couples
This is a large white edifice that houses the remains of St Thomas. Inside is interesting, the wooden roof, stained glass windows, the painted stations of the cross and a statue of Christ with peacocks at his feet (Shiva?).
Downstairs is the tomb of St Thomas but as there was a service on, we didn’t get a great view of it. Definitely worth a visit. On the wall are religious posters and in one, I am sure Jesus was modelled on Elvis!
Written 6 March 2020
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Karpagavalli
Chennai (Madras), India471 contributions
Place of Saint thomas
Jun 2019
The place was founded, and the church built by the famous saint Thomas one of the disciples of jesus christ and his mortal remains is kept here. while this is one of the 5 churches which holds the martal remains of the famous disciples of jesus while the other 4 are at Spain, goa, Vatican .
Written 3 July 2019
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johnsfamilyof5
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania48 contributions
Beautiful church
May 2019 • Business
On recent visit to Chennai had the opportunity to visit this lovely church. Was only able to go into the shrine due to a funeral in the church. Shrine Is unassuming and plain. As it is said to house one of the burial places of the Apostles, it’s only one of the 3 places in the world that can claim this.
The display of the bone is unassuming but very powerful. It was extremely hot the day of the visit but well worth it.
Written 8 May 2019
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hurricanekatrinarule
Woolhope, UK240 contributions
Arranged tour
Apr 2019 • Couples
This would have been lovely but the tour arrived when there was a Sunday Service with a large congregation. We felt we intruding and couldn't look around. I would advise you check service timetable so you can see the church.
Written 5 April 2019
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SteveS1970
Coventry, UK7,005 contributions
St Thomas, really?
Feb 2019 • Couples
I am not a religious person but I am interested in the type of things that are in churches and cathedrals. This is a beautiful white cathedral with a grotto behind the church where teh remains of St Thomas are kept. There are only a few buildings in the world named after the disciples, including the Vatican, and this is one of them.
I found it strange that we had to follow the local custom of taking our shoes off to enter an old custom of entering a church. It has the usual churchy things in it, including a white Jesus on a cross. Lovely building but not sure about St Thomas, of doubting fame, as I find it hard to believe that he made it to India from Jerusalem to preach a religion that hadn't reallly started yet.
Written 27 February 2019
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Valavanur Natar... K
Chennai (Madras), India537 contributions
A presentation in benediction of famous St Thomas Bassillica Santhome ,Chennai India
Feb 2018 • Solo
look into very ancient History
St. Thomas Cathedral Basilica, Chennai

Frankly speaking I have visited this church
Twice so far and although I am a Hindu by birth i believe God is One like the colour of blood inside every human is the same red .

My entire education up to my pre university now known as class 12 is in Christian mission and I learnt the bible well to be awarded scripture prices for 3 years in succession at MCCHS school ,Chennai which has a great history behind it .

I have indeed seen the replica of the tomb of Saint Thomas,if I may say so enshrined in the basement of this world famous Bassilica built by British but history informs that The work records his martyrdom as having occurred under the king of Mylapore at Madras, where San Thomé Cathedral, his traditional burial place, is located. His relics, however, supposedly were taken to the West and finally enshrined at Ortona, Italy.

First time was before I took up renovation of
St Bede' s School as a builder way back in 85 or so next door to this church- to seek the blessings Of God and saint that all should go well .I was blown out of my mind with its grandeur ,serenity , stained glass and the vibrant energy .It may not be so grand as some in Europe but this Can't hold Basillica will hold its own to any one who has the blessings to put their foot inside this very holy Basillica.

The next times was a few years later to attend a wedding of my good friend' s daughter in early 2000.
Nothing ever changes except it Is being well maintained for it happens to be only one of the three Bassilca's in the world that is built over a tomb of a saint .

For un initiated traveller let me write about St Thomas also known as Judas Thomas or Thomas the twin who was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ .

He is believed to have been born in
Galilee, Israel .He travelled to India and spent great deal of time in kerala mostly known as kottayam now, converting many into Christianity and came be known as founder of the Church of the Syrian Malabar Christians, or Christians of St. Thomas.

Later he travelled to Chennai then known as Chenna pattinum that later became Madras and now calked Chennai that traces it back to it root name .

Chennai has earned a rare distinction through a wrong act for it was in another land mark of Chennai near the present Airport known as "St Thomas mount " ,where the saint used to preach and this is where he was killed by a lance that pierced his back and died in 53 CE.

There still exists a church and a cave in this St Thomas mount where there is a perennial stream that flows through the rocks as though it's act of his miracle.

His body was buried there but some time later it was moved to the present location in Santhome near the sea in Mylapore by the Portuguese who came to India as traders who built a tomb for him and a small shrine over it .

Much later the British who moved in and began their rule from Fort St George ,built a church over the old tomb which later came to be known as Bascilica and is so till date .

Realising that any photo taken now by self if permitted will do no justice to this masyerpiect if Art I present a few photos that will truly reflect the ethos of this famous Basillica for foreigners courtesy CC-by-sa PlaneMad/Wikimedia through research .

I conclude with this prayer :
" Oh saint Thomas in thine kind heart We shall live and seek thy blessings for good of one and all regardless of faith they are born into .Amen "


Written 24 January 2019
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Mahipal B
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place with positive vibes
Aug 2018 • Family
it is a Basilica of st. Thomas, it contains the tomb of st. Thomas this is one of the three basilica's built on the tomb of an apostle.
Written 26 September 2018
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DevinderSinghChawla
Chandigarh, India256 contributions
St. Thomas Church
Jul 2018
This church has great historical value. It is the tomb of St. Thomas, so it has great religious significance beside the historical value. Religious attachments make a holy place a great place to visit for many reasons. Very nice Cathedral just like the European churches. Well maintained and it was bliss to be there. A must place to visit if in Chennai for any purpose. Moreover the Tomb of St. Thomas houses the relic of St. Thomas which makes it very special.
Written 4 September 2018
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Tanksmon
Spartanburg, SC529 contributions
Worth a visit!
Jul 2018 • Business
This place is definitely worth a visit, but go with a tour so you get all the history. You will also see the overlaps between Hinduism and Catholicism. I found the architecture interesting because it looks so much like a British Anglican church. Lots to learn and see, so don't miss it.
Written 14 July 2018
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abrahamsuji
Bangalore District, India336 contributions
Magnificent ambience
Apr 2018 • Solo
Holy ambience. Near to Marina beach. Old world charm. Must visit. Easy access from railway station and bus station.
Written 16 April 2018
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