Why is Santhome famous?
This church was declared as a National Shrine in 2004 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India. This church is also called the “National Shrine of Saint Thomas Cathedral Basilica”, or as “Santhome Church”. It is a very important church for worldwide Christians as it is the tomb of St. Thomas the Apostle.
Where are St Thomas remains?
His relics traveled to quite a few places after his death, until most of them found their final resting place in the Basilica di San Tommaso in Ortona, Italy. Some of the relics of St. Thomas still remain in Chennai, India, close to where he died and was buried.
Where is the disciple Thomas buried?
Cathedral of St. Tommaso Apostolo, Ortona, Italy
Santhome Cathedral Basilica, Chennai, India
Thomas the Apostle/Place of burial
What is the meaning of Santhome?
The word Santhome or San Thome is derived from Saint Thomas. The tradition is that he was martyred in AD 72 at St. Thomas Mount in the city, and was interred in Mylapore. Later a church was built over his supposed tomb and today is known as the San Thome Basilica.
What is famous church in Chennai?
Churches in Chennai:
|Armenian Church||Near High Court|
|Thomas Cathedral Basilica||Santhome High Road|
|Mary’s Church||Rajaji Salai|
|George’s Cathedral||Cathedral Road|
Is St. Thomas buried in India?
Santhome Church is said to be the tomb of St. Thomas located in Chennai, India. It was built in 1523 by Portuguese missionaries. It is a National shrine, Basilica and Cathedral.
Did St. Thomas came to India?
According to tradition, St. Thomas evangelized this area and then crossed over to the Coromandel Coast of Southeast India. He was killed while he was carrying out his mission at Mylapore near Madras.
Which apostle is buried in India?
Thomas the Apostle
|Saint Thomas the Apostle|
|Died||21 December AD 72 St. Thomas Mount, Chola Kingdom (present-day Mylapore, Tamil Nadu, India. Tomb possibly under Santhome Church)|
|Venerated in||Saint Thomas Christians and all Christian denominations that venerate Saints|