Take a closer look at the Neo-Gothic architectural splendor of San Thome Basilica in Chennai. Built way back in the 16th century, this famous tomb was first erected by the Portuguese in the 16th century and later rebuilt in 1893 by the British. It belongs to one of the 12 apostles of Jesus Christ and is typically a Catholic minor basilica.
San Thome Basilica is a striking example of the Neo-Gothic style, which had inspired the designs of the British architects of the late 19th century. This principal church is connected with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Mylapore and Madras .it earned it status of a Basilica in the year 1956, when Pope Pius XII had visited India. It was later declared as a national shrine in the month of February 2006 by the authorities of the Catholic Bishop's Conference of India.
With an appearance of a small luminous castle and standing stoic in white, San Thome Basilica has the distinction of being one of the three churches built over the tomb of an Apostle of Christ. This church is one of its kinds in the world and attracts tourists and devotees from all across the world.
A flight of stairs gets you to an underground tomb chapel—where you get to witness the tomb of St. Thomas. Here, you will find a glass a marble altar over the tomb, wherein a statue of St. Thomas lies encased. The serene and tranquil environs of San Thome Basilica are worth a visit and are best known for the lights reflecting through its colored stain glass; lighting up the interiors of this Basilica in a riot of hues, colors and calmness. The complex contains a small library, museum and a shop that sells prayer materials and Christmas cards. A must visit indeed.
|Timings||All days of the week 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM|
|Visit Duration||Around 2 hours|