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About Santhome Cathedral

Santhome Cathedral is an important church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese and a national shrine. It is a key pilgrimage centre for Christians in India. St. Thomas - one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ is believed to have been buried in this place. To honour him a church was built by the Portuguese in the 16th century. Later this was re-built as a cathedral in Neo-Gothic style of architecture by the British in the 19th century. In the church centre is a crypt containing St. Thomas's bone. The church also has a 183-feet high spire and a stained glass painting depicting St. Thomas's meeting with the resurrected Christ. There is a museum attached to the church that contains artefacts from St Thomas’ era. Most interesting among them is the spear believed to have killed the saint and inscriptions in stone that tell us of the deeds of St. Thomas. The church situated along the southern Marina beach is in the Mylapore area.

Historical Context: St Thomas, who was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus, came to Mylapore in Tamil Nadu from Judea in 52 A.D. He built a small chapel here, where he lived and preached till 72 A.D., when he was martyred on St. Thomas Mount.
Pro Tip: This is near the Marina Beach and can be visited at the same time.

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  • Best Time to Visit Morning, Afternoon, Evening
  • Facilities Washrooms, Food Stalls
  • Recommended Hours Min. 1 hour
  • Best Visited With Group, Solo, Couple, Family
  • Not Allowed Pets
  • Allowed Camera, Video, Footwear

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