Churches in Chennai (Madras)
This fabulous place of South India, Chennai is decked with a plethora of religious places and attractions. Chennai is not only a place of temples; the city being decked with a large number of architectural grandeurs and splendors. Chennai holds the distinction of being the home to a large array of popular churches. Some of the churches are stunning building with unique architectural concepts. It’s a world-class tourism attraction for dwelling the churches with magnetism and structural majesty. The churches of Chennai are known for their sanctity as well as their beauty. Christians reside in Chennai ever since the colonial period and therefore there remain a number of Churches over here.
Famous Churches in Chennai:
St. Mary's Church
St. Mary's Church is the first Anglican Church in India, built in 1678-79 in Fort St. George. It’s an original rectangular building of about 60 ft. by 90 ft. with 4 ft thick roof 2 ft outer walls.
Located on the southern end of Marina Beach, the Santhome Basilica church is a highly visited pilgrimage attraction. A beautiful stained glass window at the basilica, the Santhome Basilica is renovated in early 1970s.
Velankanni Church located near Elliot's Beach is in honor of Our Lady of Health.
St. George's Cathedral
The St. George's Cathedral is a towering 45m spire and ionic columns, was built in 1815. St. George's Cathedral is the graveyard just adjacent to guardrail was made up of war emblems - muskets, bayonets etc.
C.S.I. Holy Cross Church
Originally called the Perambur Railway Church; The C.S.I. Holy Cross Church is more than 120 years old. The church was maintained by the railway authorities, predominantly Anglo-Indian congregation.
Other renowned churches in Chennai:
- The Armenian Church
- St. Thomas Mount
- St. Andrews Church
- St. George's Cathedral