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San Thome Church

38 San Thome High Road, Chennai (Madras) 600004, 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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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38 San Thome High Road, Chennai (Madras) 600004, India
Mylapore
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Reviewed today

There isn't much to do in Chennai, so if you have the time you should come by here. It's got a nice history being one of three saints churches int he world (another one being St Peter's in the Vatican). Find your way to the...More

Thank monsternina
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Reviewed today via mobile

This Church is really big , it is white from outside and there are lots of tree as well that increases the Beauty of church, I am Hindu but I really like to visit holy places , that place gives you inner peace of mind

Thank Annu1990
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Located on the busy road. But very calm inside. Feel like spending more time. Parking facility is available. Visiting this church with family when we have some problem.

Thank Boopalachandran G
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a must place in Chennai. About 400 Years old, the church will treat you with a view of grand architecture.

Thank RajatSChatterjee
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In the 16th century the Portuguese moved the mortal remains of St. Thomas, one of Jesus' Apostles, to this church which was then rebuilt by the British as a Cathedral in the 19th century. This beautiful white church was then raised to the status of...More

Thank 359anthony
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

wooooo white church san thome church in cheenai many forner (aate hai yaha par bhut aacha lagta hai so guys go and enjoy...

1  Thank Adil R
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I visited the place in hurry but the place offers a great architecture of Portuguese I guess . I am not sure about who made it but the build was of either duch or portugies style

Thank movies H
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful church! Should go for the religious and historical significance of the church. Museum also attached. Very clean and peaceful inside.

Thank Lotus888-11
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

san thome church is one of the famous and biggest church in the Chennai. many people will come here to fullfil their wishes.

Thank vasan224
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Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile

Nice place, not only for religious people - this is good historical place, important for all Catholics. White church , very quiet

Thank Natalia E
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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
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
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