Churches in ChennaiThe rule of the British and other Europeans such as; the Portuguese, Dutch and the French, paved the way to, spread of Christianity in Chennai, capital city of Tamil Nadu. The city is the home to thousands of Christians, and this rich history dates back to 500 years. The architecture of the cathedral in Chennai, speaks about its rich architecture and the unique work. The churches in the city, receive regular tourists from far and wide.
Popular Churches in Chennai
Santhome Basilica in Chennai:Santhome Basilica is a catholic church in Chennai. It was built over St. Thomas tomb by the Portuguese. It was rebuilt in 1893 by the Britishers.It is an important pilgrimage center for the Christians in India. The Church was upgraded to the status of Basilica Minor by Pope Pius XII. The Church has an attached museum. The church has its own channel through which it makes its programmes and holy masses live to all the faithful.
Basilica has published a hymns book in English for conducting holy mass in the English language and other holy services. Situated in Mylapore, this church adorns beautiful architecture and a stained glass which elaborates the life and teachings of St. Thomas.14 tablet's are placed in the church's central hall each revealing the last days of Jesus Christ. The church houses three feet tall statue of Virgin Mary and dates back to the year 1543. The remains of St. Thomas are preserved in this church.
St Mary’s Church in ChennaiThe church was in subsistence since the year 1680, and was the main place of worship for the Britisher’s who were living in Chennai. This was the first Anglican Church in India. This is located within the compound of Fort St George, and was the first church to be constructed by the East India Company apart from erecting in the Mediterranean.
The most important artifacts of the church are its altarpiece, a painting depicting the scene of the last supper, silverware and a bible that dates back to the year 1660.
There is a graveyard situated at some distance from the church, and it has a cemetery of the first and the Second World War.
Velankkani Church in ChennaiVelankanni Church is situated in Elliot’s Beach, Besant Nagar, and it is a famous area in Chennai and it was named after Annie Besant. This church came into existence in the year 1971, and it is a miniature version of the famous Velankanni Church, located in Nagapattinam.
The worshippers who come to this church, are firm believers in the miraculous power of Madonna, and are in honor of Our Lady of Health, Madonna.
Armenian Church in Chennai
This church is positioned in Armenian Street, Parrys, and dates back to the year; 1712. It is believed to be one of the oldest, churches in the Indian Subcontinent. The most important characteristic of this church is that, it has six bells in different sizes in stark contrast to other churches which has only one.
The church graves are believed to have 350 Armenian men buried.
The other famous churches in Chennai are the C.S.I Holy Cross Church and St Andrew’s church. If you are visiting Chennai the churches in the city, should not be missed and its architecture is mesmerizing and it gives a tranquil feeling.
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Some Other Churches in Chennai are:
- Apostolic Fellowship in Church
- Armenian Church of Virgin Mary
- Calvary Baptist Church
- Catholic Centre in Church
- Christos Assembly of God
- Evangelical Church of India
- Inter Church Service Association
- Laymens Evanglical Fellowship
- National Missionary in Church
- Siswa Elim Church in Church
- St George Cathedral Church
- St Marrys Co in Church
- St.Theresa Church in Church
- New Life Assembly of God Church
- Powerhouse Church
- River of Destiny City Church
- Tamil Methodist Church
- Miracle AG Church
- Victory Churches of India
- Christ The Rock Church
- Pastor D Mohan’s AG Church
- Pentecostal Worship Church
- Vepery Gospel Hall
- The Anglican Church of South India
- Telugu Church in Chennai
- Adonai New Life Worship Centre
- Love Apostolic Church
- Friends Gospel Ministries
- Berachah Church