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Churches of Tamilnadu

Tamil Nadu is one of
those places, which saw
the emergence of
Christian religion in India.
It is believed that St
Thomas, the apostle of
Jesus Christ came to
Madras (now Chennai)
around 52 AD. He was
killed in the year 78 AD
and a church was later
built on the San Thome
beach. Later on, with the
coming of the Europeans
in India, Christianity
spread not only to Tamil
Nadu but also to other
parts. As the Christians
settled in Tamil Nadu their
place of worship
(Churches) also started
dotting the religious
landscape of the state.
Have a look at some
important Churches of
Tamilnadu.
Velankanni Church
The Velankanni Church in
Chennai was built in
honor of Our Lady of
Health, the Madonna of
Velankanni. Though this
Church is smaller in scale
than the original one at
Velankanni but is famous
for the miraculous
curative powers.
San Thome Cathedral
Basilica
San Thome derives its
name from St Thomas,
the apostle of Christ who
came to Madras around
52 AD and was killed by
some fanatic on St
Thomas Mount in 78 AD
and was interned on the
San Thome beach. Many
years later, another
church was built and his
mortal remains were
transferred from the old
church to the new one.
Again in the year 1606,
the church was rebuilt as
a cathedral and it was
made a basilica in 1896.
The Basilica has many
beautiful stained glass
windows that portray the
story of St Thomas
whereas the central hall
has 14 wooden plaques
highlighting the last days
of Jesus Christ. Another
interesting thing in the
cathedral is a 3ft. high
statue of Virgin Mary,
believed to have been
brought from Portugal in
1543.
St Mary's Church
St. Mary's Church of
Chennai is the oldest
Anglican Church in India,
which was built in 1680.
The tombstones in the
courtyard of the St Mary's
church are the oldest
British tombstones in
India. It is interesting to
note that the marriages of
Robert Clive and Elihu Yale
were solemnized here.
C.S.I. Holy Cross
Church
The CSI Holy Cross
Church is more than 120
years old and was
originally called the
Perambur Railway
Church, as it was under
the Railway authorities
earlier. The congregation
at the Church consisted
predominantly of Anglo-
Indians of the city though
there are families from
other states now.
St. George's Cathedral
The St. George's Cathedral
is a magnificent piece of
architecture and was built
in the year 1815. The
highlight of St. George's
Cathedral is the graveyard
just adjacent to it. The
guardrail of the Cathedral
is made up of war
emblems- muskets,
bayonets etc that were
captured from
Srirangapatnam in 1799.


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