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Steeple Chase, Chennai

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Chennai

A different tourism experience lies in Steeple Chase.  The high point of this trail is a visit to the National Shrine of Saint Thomas Basilica in Mylapore, which is considered to be one of the most important churches in Chennai constructed in the 16th century by Portuguese over the supposed tomb of St Thomas, an apostle of Jesus. In 1893, it was rebuilt as a church with the status of a cathedral by the British. A pilgrimage center for Christians in India, the Basilica commemorates the site where St. Thomas, one of the 12 apostles, was martyred in 72 A.D. The cathedral is a neo-gothic splendor and is the principal church of the Roman Archdiocese of Chennai. The experienced guide will take you through Chennai’s Christian history from the time St. Thomas arrived in the beautiful beach town of Mylapore to the era of British colonial rulers who left behind a marvel of architecture.

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