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Address: 38, San Thome High Road, Chennai (Madras), India
Phone Number:
+91 44 2498 5455
06:00 - 20:00
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Sun - Sat 06:00 - 20:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No

Probably the most magnificent and prominent reminder of Chennai's colonial...

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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We attended an English mass here on Easter day, and I was surprised by the number of familiar hymns and mass settings used that are synonymous with Catholic churches throughout... read more

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

We attended an English mass here on Easter day, and I was surprised by the number of familiar hymns and mass settings used that are synonymous with Catholic churches throughout the world. Both the outside and inside of this church are well kept and elegantly decorated. Inside if you're staying for mass rather than visiting momentarily, be sure to position... More 

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Lohaghat, India
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a very old church and the interiors and the ambience speak for themselves. Please spend some time in silence here.

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

It is nearby to Marina beach and the religious masterpiece is dated back to 16th century. A must see place in Chennai.

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Surbiton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you're a Christian, I'd suggest that as the resting place of Thomas the Apostle, this is one of the holiest placers on earth. It's a rather lovely cool, white building, with the tomb of the saint in the crypt. Really well worth a visit.

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Real church with awesome location. Full view of Chennai airport and city view of Chennai. The church is fantastic , should never miss out this place to see.

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Paradise Taveuni
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Fascinating to see the tomb of the apostle doubting Thomas. Go with a local to learn more of the details of this church. We went with Storytails - great #1 service.

Thank paradisetaveuni
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Surely its one of the ICONic places for Chennai. Tomb of St.Thomas. Catholic Church located very near to Marina Beach, Good Ambience, Historic Places, of course international attraction. A must visit church for all touristers. no one will skip.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Gothic design of this Cathedral is an architecture landmark in Chennai, but the real attraction lies BEHIND the main church where the relics of St. Thomas is reportedly interned in a tomb that is venerated daily by Catholics.

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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Historic Church over the tomb of Saint Thomas, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus. Beautiful architecture.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A peaceful prayerful yet authentic and architectural excellence ! St Thomas 's holy body is kept in this shrine...There's a meuseum as well which depicts that era

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