The Portuguese between the 14th and the 15 century AD built The Santhome cathedral. Deriving
its name after St. Thomas, this continues to be an important place of pilgrimage for the
Christian community in the country and is also historically important. This Roman Catholic
church is said to house the remains of St. Thomas the Apostle.
It is close to the seaport.
A towering neo gothic spire dominates the 55 metres high San Thome Cathedral. This church is
located on the southern end of Marina Beach. It has in its possession a small hand bone of
Thomas and the head of a lance, which brought him down.
Renovated in the early 1970s, this
Basilica draws huge crowds. Besides the beauty of its rising spire, this Gothic styled church
has a brilliant stained glass depiction of St. Thomas' encounter with the resurrected Christ.
In the cathedral is a 3ft. high statue of Virgin Mary, which is believed to have been brought
from Portugal in 1543.