Saint Thomas the Apostle – The tomb of the skeptical disciple in Chennai

One of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus according to the New Testament. Thomas is commonly known as “Doubting Thomas” because he doubted Jesus’ resurrection when first told of it, later, he confessed his faith, “My Lord and my God,” on seeing Jesus’ crucifixion wounds.

This is where the body of St. Thomas was buried at the National Shrine of the St. Thomas Basilica / Image source

Thomas is believed to have travelled outside the Roman Empire to preach the Gospel, travelling as far as Tamilakam which are the states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu in present-day India.

San Thome Church, also known as St. Thomas Cathedral Basilica and National Shrine of Saint Thomas is a Roman Catholic minor basilica in Santhome, in the city of Chennai. It was built in the 16th century by Portuguese explorers, over the tomb of Saint Thomas. In 1893, it was rebuilt as a church with the status of a cathedral by the British.

Cathedral basilica rebuilt in 1896 in neo-Gothic style, at the site of St. Thomas Apostle’s tomb / Image source

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