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San Thome Church

38, San Thome High Road, Chennai (Madras), India
+91 44 2498 5455
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Probably the most magnificent and prominent reminder of Chennai's colonial lineage, the San Thome Church bears a colossal amount of history since A.D. 52, the year when St. Thomas traveled to India, though the Roman Catholic basilica was built in the 16th century by the Portuguese. It was then rebuilt by the British in 1893. The imposing structure reaches a height of 155 feet and emanates peace and architectural splendor with its tall spires over the tomb of the saint. The sea makes a wonderful backdrop to the pristine white structure. The San Thome Church is considered one of the pilgrimages for people around the world.
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38, San Thome High Road, Chennai (Madras), India
+91 44 2498 5455
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Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

A standout landmark that is worth taking the time to visit. It's not a large place and won't take too much time, but it is impressive

Thank SteveCAFC63
Reviewed 14 November 2016

One of only three sites in the world with a tomb of an apostle of Christ. Typical collonial architecture to the church, but nice and serene. Well worth a visit

Thank Albia-Newton
Reviewed 13 November 2016

San Thome Church Chennai is one of the best church in Madras [Chennai]. Its THE TOMB OF ST,THOMAS which Pope John Paul had visited this church on 5th Feb 1986. there is Museum too with Pope John Paul photos & also his Statue.

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Reviewed 7 November 2016 via mobile

San Thome Church is one of four churches around the world reputed to be the resting place of one of Christs disciples. It's a rather lovely white coated building which, internally, boasts an impressive altar and some attractive stained glass windows. The Tomb of St...More

Thank SWmuse
Reviewed 4 November 2016

San Thome Basilica is a Roman CatholicChurch in the city of Chennai, India. It was built in the 16th century by Portuguese explorers, over the tomb of St Thomas, an apostle of Jesus. In 1893, it was rebuilt as a church with the status of...More

1  Thank nanditabasu
Reviewed 1 November 2016

OK, so not the most visually arresting cathedral in the world but fairly impressive. Built on the site of an old Portuguese church it has the distinction of being one of only 3 basilicas in the world that are built on the graves of one...More

Thank SomeoneHasMyName
Reviewed 1 November 2016

santhome church is a big one placed on the main road itself i.e called santhome high road. on the right side the road leads to marina beach and light house of Chennai and on the left side towards fore shore estate.it is easily approachable by...More

Thank 674santha
Reviewed 31 October 2016

This huge church has high significance as there are only three basilicas that are built over the tomb of St. Thomas in the world.The church has been designed in Gothic Style and has some unique artworks including the stain glass painting of St. Thomas meeting...More

Thank khan25kareena
Reviewed 29 October 2016

A beautiful church well worth a visit. The remains of St Thomas are on site, but have to go down into the crypt to see it. Some very interesting drawings with stories for all the Apostles on the wall, giving a bit more background on...More

Thank wintryguy
Reviewed 29 October 2016

this is such a place every one can visit. partking is there .well maintained. santhome church is very near to light house.

Thank swapna373
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25 January 2017|
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Response from Balasubramanian S | Reviewed this property |
6 am 7 am and 12 noon also in the evenings . There is huge gatherings and people stand outside the church when it gets full . Lot of Hindus also visit this wonderful Church on the Marina beach. Very well maintained church... More
10 September 2016|
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Response from gausan51 | Reviewed this property |
Friend, the church is not nearer to Elliots beach known as Besant Nagar beach. Please note the following differences: 1. Santhome church is nearer to Light house and to Marina beach and it is 200 metres from Marina... More