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Santhome Basilica

The National Shrine of St.Thomas Basilica is built over the tomb of Apostle St Thomas. St. Thomas one of the twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ came to India in A.D 52, martyred in A.D 72 and was buried here in Mylapore.

St. Thomas who brought Christianity to India is considered to be the Father of Indian Christianity.

There are only three basilicas built over the tomb of an apostle. St. Peter’s at Rome and St. James’s at Spain are the other two.

There is an underground tomb chapel below the basilica.

His holiness Pope John Paul II visited and prayed at this tomb on 5th Feb 1986.