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.
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.