In the crypt of San Thome Cathedral is said to be a small bone from Saint Thomas' hand and the weapon that killed him. In the 10th century, a group of Nestorian Christians from Persia (Iran) discovered the saint’s burial site and built a church and tomb. The Portuguese then came along in the 16th century and built another church over the tomb before the present structure was built in 1893.
San Thome Cathedral, situated at the south end of Marina Beach, was originally built in 1504, then rebuilt in neo-Gothic style in 1893. It was named after Saint Thomas, an apostle of Jesus Christ (also known as Doubting Thomas), whose body is believed to be buried here. The area around the cathedral is known as Mylapore and it has links with Christianity that date to the time of Saint Thomas as it is believed that he visited here in 52 AD. A small bone from his hand and the weapon that killed him are said to be buried in the crypt which you can visit.
The cathedral at Santhome was built by the Portuguese between 14th and 15th century A.D. The cathedral has been built in a typical neo Gothic style. The shrines included in the cathedral is a small hand bone and the lance that was used to end the life of the apostle in this world. The 50 metres high building has been constantly renovated, following the ravages made by the time. An important fact regarding the cathedral is that, it is the second only church in the world that has been erected over the burial place of an apostle. The cathedral holds a 3 feet high statue of Virgin Mary, believed to be imported from Portugal in the year 1543 A.D. The reaching spire goes as high as 50 metres and the width of the nave is about 10 metres. The cathedral is provided with stained glass and 14 wood plaques that depict St. Thomas' encountered with the resurrected Christ.
Built in 1504 and rebuilt in 1608 and 1893, the cathedral is said to house the remains of Apostle St. Thomas. The basilica has an enormous stained glass window and a beautiful one-meter statue of Virgin Mary that was brought from Portugal in 1543.
The impressive Basilica is build over the tomb of St.Thomas.The orignal church was build in 14 the Century,it fell into ruins,and in 1522 the Portuguese build new church ,it was given then status of Cathedral in 1606.
Again 1893,the church was demolished and the present Church was build.The architecture of the church Gothic style Cathedral.In 1956 it has given Basilica
status as tribute to the martyred St.Thomas.
Worth visit to see old Church,but it seems getting old too fast.Same campus there is one school.You wont see many tourist here,but if you visit Chennai,then must visit this Cathedral .