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About Mylapore

Mylapore is a holy town for Christians from around the world since this is where St. Thomas, one of the twelve disciples of Jesus Christ, attained martyrdom. But, did you also know that this town is also a famous shopping district in Chennai? Strangely, the most-shopped items in Mylapore have nothing to do with any religion. Rather, it is connected with classical dance. This is the place where you can find a wide variety of clothes, ornaments and other accessories used in the myriad classical dances practiced in Chennai. Exotic silk from the famous village town of Kancheepuram is also available at Mylapore. The town also has several stores that showcase beautiful handicrafts which are a favorite of several pilgrims and visitors to Mylapore.

Historical Context: Known as Vedapuri of old, Mylapore easily predates the coming of the British to India. In fact, it is said to be the oldest part of Chennai with the first settlements built around 1st century B.C. The port of Mylapore had flourishing trade relations with the Greek and Roman Empires. The martyrdom of St. Thomas further increased the prominence of this town which grew to be a commercial and intellectual hub of Chennai.

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  • How costly it is Value for Money
  • Best Visited With Group, Solo, Couple, Family
  • Speciality Silk, Ornaments, Accessories

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