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.
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!
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!
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