Small-Group Tour: Chennai’s Churches & Basilicas

Discover the influence of Western religious traditions in India on
this small-group tour of Chennai's many churches. Your expert guide
will provide interesting and informative commentary, showing you the
differences between Roman Catholic, Anglican, Orthodox and Protestant
churches and revealing rich stories behind their inception in this
region. Walk inside awe-inspiring structures like St Andrew's Church,
San Thome Cathedral and Luz Church, among others.

After meeting your guide at a central Chennai location, you will be
given juice and bottled water for you to enjoy during the tour. Then,
hop aboard a comfortable air-conditioned coach and tour Chennai to
discover the origin of Christianity in India, which is traced back to
the Apostle of St Thomas, who was believed to have attained martyrdom
in Chennai.

Head to the small hillock of St Thomas Mount, a quaint, beautiful
church built in the 1500s by the Portuguese. Continue to Church of Our
Lady of Light, more commonly known as Luz Church. Learn from your
guide how this is one of the oldest Christian churches and European
monuments in India.

Continue to San Thome Cathedral, a pilgrimage center for Christians
designed in 16th-century European architectural style. Notice the
Gothic arches and Baroque ornamentation of the gilded altars and
ceilings decorated with fresco paintings. Next, tour 17th-century
Armenian Church, which served the then-thriving Armenian community in
Chennai, before heading to nearby St Mary's Church, an important relic
and reminder of British influence in India. Admire the intricate
design and see various commemorative inscriptions and memorials.
Finally, visit St Andrew's Church, a Presbyterian church built to
serve the area's Scottish community. Learn about how its design is
modeled after St Martin-in-the-Fields at London's Trafalgar Square.

After your enlightening and fascinating tour, head back to your
original departure point. Please note: Some of these churches, like
the St Mary's Church, may be closed to the public on certain days
without prior notice. On such days, the tour will not be going into
that church

¿Qué está incluido?

* Small-group tour

* English-speaking guide

* Transport by air-conditioned coach

* Beverages

Duración

3 horas

Cubierto de destino

Chennai

Más adecuado

Todo, Presupuesto, Familias, Grupos, Luna de miel, Niños, Lujo, Personas viajando solas
Excluded
* Gratuities (optional)

* Hotel pickup and drop-off

* Camera fees in monuments

* Food and drinks, unless specified
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