St. Thomas Mount
|St. Thomas Mount|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
Syrian Christians of India trace the origin of their church to St. Thomas the Apostle, understood to have attained martyrdom here in Chennai. From the 17th century, this part of Chennai was populated predominantly by Anglo-Indians.
The neighbourhood is served by the St. Thomas Mount railway station on the southern line of the Chennai Suburban Railway Network. Integration of the Metro and MRTS with the suburban station in the neighbourhood, is expected to make the suburb the city's largest transit hub after Chennai Central.
A shrine dedicated to "Our Lady of Expectation" (Mother Mary) was built in 1523 on top of the mount. It is believed that the altar of this shrine was built on the spot where St.Thomas' death may have occurred. At the northern foot of the mount, is a gateway of four impressive arches surmounted by a cross bearing the inscribed date 1547. A flight of 160 steps leads up to the summit of the mount. There are fourteen stations of the cross erected on the way to the summit.
- Ayyappan, V (28 January 2013). "From Tonga Stop to Transport Hub". The Times of India (Chennai: The Times Group). Retrieved 3 Feb 2013.
|Officers Training Academy, Manapakkam||Alandur|
|Pazhavanthangal, Chennai Airport||Adambakkam, Pazhavanthangal||St. Thomas Mount railway station, Velachery|