San Thome Basilica is a Roman Catholic Latin Rite minor basilica in Santhome, in the city of Chennai Madras, India. It turned into built in 16th century by Portuguese explorers, over the tomb of Saint Thomas, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus. In 1893, it turned into rebuilt as a church with the repute of a cathedral by way of the British. The British version still stands these days. It become designed in Neo-Gothic fashion, favoured by way of British architects within the overdue 19th century.
This church is one of the simplest three recognized churches within the world constructed over the tomb of an apostle of Jesus, the alternative being St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City and Santiago de Compostela Cathedral in Galicia, Spain. It is alleged that St. Thomas’s apostolic ministry in India passed off mainly at Cranganore alongside the Malabar coast from 52 A.D to 68 A.D. His journey through Kerala is stated to have resulted in numerous conversions.
After spending 10 years at the Malabar coast he is said to have travelled Eastwards across the Deccan Plateau, arriving in Mylapore in 68 A.D. The cave at little mount is claimed to be his favourite preaching spot. A 2000 year vintage in no way drying, a incredible movement of water on a rock face are said to be examples of the apostle’s divine exploits. A church atop St. Thomas mount changed into constructed by means of Portuguese in 1547 to mark the spot. It changed into in this St. Thomas Mount that the apostle was stated to be killed via a lance which pierced through his lower back.