C is for, Churches & the Cream Donut #BlogchatterA2Z


I always assumed Chennai was a city with the most beautiful temples, till I saw the Churches. Yes, the churches dotting the city were a pleasant discovery. 

There are many churches across the city but I’m going to introduce you to my most favorite one. The San Thome Church, also known as the St Thomas Cathedral Basilica. Looking at this pristine, snow white building you would find it hard to believe that it was built in the 16th Century by Portuguese explorers. They built it over the tomb of St Thomas, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus, who was killed by a lance which pierced through his back.

Santhome Church

Rebuilt in 1893, this well maintained Church has stood the test of time, its turrets reaching for the blue sky, just like our prayers do.

San Thome Church holds the distinction of being one of the only 3 churches in the world built over the tomb of an apostle of Jesus. The other two being St Peters Basilica in Vatican City and The Santiago De Compostela Cathedral in Spain.

 The architecture of this building is captivating and you can spend a while here, as you absorb the serenity, take in the beauty of the Grotto or pray to Our Lady of Mylapore (Mother Mary), whose wooden statue looks so real that I mistook it for a real lady!

The Grotto


Cream Donut

Till not so very long ago, Chennai had movie tickets that were priced ridiculously cheap, compared to other metro cities. The GST implementation changed that.

What didn’t change are the spacious theatres. Yes, I think the theatres in Chennai are far superior than their counterparts in other cities. As a hardcore movie-buff and Cinema goer, I should know.

Chennai Cinemas have more thing that others don’t – the Cream Donut!

Satyam Theatres (now taken over by PVR) stocks this most delectable snack / dessert. I look forward to picking this up whenever I go to watch a film there. Infact I look forward to savouring it as much as I look forward to enjoying the film.


This Donut is not round but rectangular. It is soft, lightly sugar coated and available in 2 variants. One filled with Vanilla Cream (my all time favourite) and Chocolate (my favourite when Vanilla isn’t available)

Churches, Cinema and Cream Donuts make Chennai a blessed experience for me!

Written for the theme

My A to Z of Chennai: The City Viewed Through An Outsiders Eye


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28 thoughts on “C is for, Churches & the Cream Donut #BlogchatterA2Z

  1. I remember having my first donut in Chennai on my second visit. In fact the first veg Biriyani that I loved was from The Creme Corner in Chennai when we had gone to my besties wedding. I almost relived those moments

  2. I have only been to Chennai twice and in transit. Somehow, I thought that Chennai would have a lot of Churches. Santhome Church is really majestic. And those cream donuts remind me of the cream rolls that I used to love in my childhood. Yum. 🙂

  3. Mayuri, I’m really enjoying your posts. You make the city come alive! And I’m salivating over those delicious cream donuts

  4. I never visited Chennai but through your post, I got to know a little bit. I was in a Catholic school so I feel some connection with churches. And the cream donut, it is looking tempting.

  5. The church is indeed beautiful, M. “turrets reaching for the blue sky, like our prayers do”, beautifully put. Thanks for briefly sharing its history with us too.
    That cream donut sure looks tempting. It can make even a bad movie bearable. 😉

  6. Love the way u write u bring life to whatever u write. Chennai is a lovely place and can’t get enough with this article Ayesha Nasreen

  7. You left me a little more enriched about Chennai today, it’s history is intriguing. Also, it’s combo with the cream donut is really unique

  8. Yum. I want to try those cream donuts. I also didn’t know that there are so many churches in Chennai. We are getting to know so much about the city through your eyes, M.

  9. You brought a wave of nostalgia, Mayuri! I visit Chennai often and go past the San Thome church at least ten times each visit–it is on the way to my FIL’s house. Satyam theater used to be our go-to thanks to it’s proximity to our college and workplaces. Wonderful AtoZ theme. I am looking forward to reading every post!

  10. Oh My God! I have to go to Chennai once now. All the things you have written about in this post are my favourites! We recently went to a beautiful gothic church, “St John in the Wilderness” during our last vacation to Dharamsala, Mcleodgunj and it was very very beautiful.

  11. Now why haven’t I visited any church in Chennai, I wonder. But I did have the cream donut from Satyam theatres. Oh yum. I wish I could have it now! 🙂

  12. Santhome Church and The Grotto looks so beautiful. And the cream donut looks absolutely yummy!
    It’s interesting to know that the movie ticket prices were low in Chennai. Is that because Chennai is the hub of all South Indian regional film production?

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