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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
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Reviewed 2 days ago

There is a exhibition related to jesus christ inside the premises. The church is very big.In basement,there is a samadhi of jesus christ.

Thank Ayush45
Reviewed 4 days ago

its one of the great church in Chennai to get peace of mind. location is awesome. prayer service at Sunday would give energy for a whole week. must visit in Chennai trip.

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Reviewed 6 days ago

This church is one of the famous landmarks in Chennai. This is located near the Gandhi beach and all foreign tourists make it a point to visit this church. The Church is quite big and one of the oldest in the city.

Thank Karthik R
Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the oldest Catholic churches in Chennai. This church is named after St. Thomas, one of the disciples of Jesus Christ, who died in Madras (as it was known before it was renamed as Chennai). in the first century. It is well maintained and...More

Thank Leisureguygid
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good place to spend the weekend, especially the mornings. People of different age groups come to the beach in the early mornings. Car free Sundays is a good idea. Many come and play, jag, have lot of fun. Health camps, marathons, events also happen at...More

Thank Satish N
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful gothic architecture and it s situated in santhome high road, mylapore chennai.(beach road) it was built during 16 the century by Portuguese explorers. Monday to Saturday Session Title 05.45 am Adoration, Rosary 6.15 am Mass in English 11:00 am Mass in Tamil (Crypt Chapel)...More

Thank bhumuthu
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are a catholic and want a great church to offer and pray, this is the one place. This is one of the four churches in the world where the church has been built on top of a saint's tomb. Very holy and powerful...More

Thank FredrickTerrance
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A beautiful church build on top of the St. Thomas (One of the Jesus disciples) grave. A separate, calm, place where you can see St. Thomas grave,Which is in church complex . Don't miss the museum in church complex. A very big shop available for...More

Thank Rathinaraj R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is a "must see" place of you happen to pass by Santhome.. Its an ancient church with so much details.. Good to spend some quiet time.. There is also a beach close by..

Thank elizabeth j
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you are in Chennai on 20 August 2017, don't miss this tour, especially if you are interested in knowing more about St. Thomas history. Organised as part of the Madras Day celebrations, 'St. Thomas Trail' is a heritage tour of 4 places connected with...More

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AjishMundackal
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
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pattydove
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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
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