San Thome Church in Chennai

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San Thome Church Overview

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This 155 feet high church has huge significance as there are only three basilicas that are built over the tomb of St. Thomas (One of the seven Apostles of Jesus Christ, St. Thomas was buried in Mylapore) in the world. The first one is in Rome, the second in Spain and the third is in Chennai, close to the Marina beach. People from different parts of the world come especially to visit the San Thome Church.

Right below the basilica, there is an underground chapel where His Holiness Pope John Paul II prayed in the year 1986. The church has been designed in Gothic style and has some unique artworks including the stain glass painting of St. Thomas’ meeting with the resurrected Christ. Needless to say, Christmas is the best time to visit the church and witness the true splendour of the San Thome Church.

  • Opening Closing Time Mondays to Saturdays- 5:45 am to 6:30 pm; Sundays- 6 am to 7 pm There are different timings for both English and Tamil Mass. You need to check with the church authorities for the same.

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38, San Thome High Road, Chennai