Little Mount Church, St.Thomas Cathedral Basilica & San Thome Basilica

Little Mount Church
Little Mount is a small hillock that lies on the bank of river Adayar in the Saidapet taluk of Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.
It is traditionally acknowledged to be one of the places where St Thomas, an apostle of Jesus, lived and preached when he came to India.
In 1551 AD, Portuguese built a Church over the site where St Thomas is believed to have lived in.
Later, in the year 1970, a part of this old Church was demolished and a larger circular Church was built to accommodate more devotees.
Little Mount now is a bustling area with a mix of residential and commercial activities.
IX Metropolitan Magistrates court, Saidapet MTC bus depot, and All India Radio are located in Little Mount.
Other Governmental offices such as Raj Bhavan, Highways Department, Panangal Maligai are located at the borders of Little Mount.
Current development in and around Little Mount include New Life Assembly of God Church, Checkers Hotel, Lemon Tree Hotel, Temple Steps Office Space.
MRTS line from Alandur to Chamiers road has a station at Little Mount.


St. Thomas Cathedral Basilica
St.Thomas is believed to have stayed in a tiny cave in Little Mount.
He led a spartan prayerful life in solitude, often praying on the top of the hill and preaching to the local crowds that gathered to hear the Good news.
The cave is well preserved even today and can be accessed from the old Church and is used for prayer and meditation by the devotees from all creeds.
On the other side of the case is an opening through which St.Thomas is said to have fled to escape this assailants.
At the front of this opening, you can find hand and foot imprints of St.Thomas etched on the rock.
A little farther away from the cave is an eternal spring from which is believed to be a work of St.Thomas.
When St.Thomas was thirsty, he split the rocks and drank the refreshing water that gushed forth from the spring.


San Thome Basilica
San Thome Basilica is a Roman Catholic minor basilica in Santhome, in the city of Chennai, India.
It was built in the 16th century by Portuguese explorers, over the tomb of Saint Thomas, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus.
In 1893, it was rebuilt as a church with the status of a cathedral by the British.
The British version still stands today.
It was designed in Neo-Gothic style, favoured by British architects in the late 19th century.
This church is one of the only three known churches in the world built over the tomb of an apostle of Jesus, the other two being St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City and Santiago de Compostela Cathedral in Galicia, Spain.