Santhome Cathedral Basilica, Chennai
The present National Shrine of St.Thomasis built over the tomb of Saint Thomas the Apostle, who came to India in the year 52 AD.
After preaching on the West Coast, he came to Chennai(formerly Madras), and suffered martyrdom on a hill at the outskirts of the city, today known as "St. Thomas Mount." His body was buried on the spot over which the present Basilica stands.
The museum exhibits artifacts connected with St. Thomas and the Basilica. A valuable work of art kept in the Basilica is an ancient painting of Our Blessed Mother, in front of which the other great apostle of India, St. Francis Xavier, used to pray.
Rector & Parish Priest
Basilica of the National Shrine of St.Thomas
Santhome High Road
Tel.No.: +91 44 2498 5455, +91 44 2498 0758
Web : http://www.santhomebasilica.com/