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Santhome Church was built by St. Thomas, popularly known as Father of Indian Christianity. The church is built over the tomb of Apostle St. Thomas. St. Thomas came to India in 52 A.D and was martyred in 72 A.D. The church has an underground tomb chapel. It is believed that sand taken from the tomb has miraculous healing power to cure the diseases.

The church went into ruins and was rebuilt by the Portuguese in 1523. After four hundred years of wear and tear it was rebuilt in Neo-Gothic style, which was inspired and favored by British architects in 19th century. There are beautiful stained glass windows that have images of St Thomas and other apostles on it. Today this church is the principle church of Madras-Mylapore Catholic Archdiocese and has an underground Tomb Chapel. Santhome Church also houses a museum to understand the history and culture that went into raising this church. It also has been declared as National Shrine by the Catholic Bishops Conference of India.

Visit Santhome Church and feel at peace with its spiritual and tranquil environment.

Best time to visit

Santhome Church can be visited at any time of the year.


Santhome Church on February 11, 2006 was declared a National Shrine by the Catholic Bishops Conference of India.

The Santhome Chuich is believed to be one of three basilicas in the world to have been built over a tomb of one of Jesus’s Apostles, the other two being St Peters Basilica in Rome and the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Spain.


Santhome Church is open from 7:00 am to 10:00 am. Open all days, except 1st & 3rd Fridays of the month.

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