St. Thomas Mount Church is a shrine situated atop a hillock called St. Thomas Mount in Chennai, which is also known as Parangimalai. The shrine was built in 1523 and is dedicated to Mother Mary - "Our Lady of Expectation". You can reach this historical placs in Chennai through 160 steps leading to the hill top.
The origin of the great white historical place in Chennai of Fort St. George is inextricable from the history of the city of Chennai itself. Popularly called the 'White Town', the sole purpose of establishing this massive fort compound was to build a British stronghold in the Coromandel Coast and the rest of south India.
Marundeeswarar Temple, in Tiruvanmiyur, near Chennai has the temple deity Shiva in the form of Marundeeswar or Aushadeeswarar, the God of Medicines. Given the name, Marundeeswarar Temple has been a place of worship especially for people with diseases and those facing various problems with their health. A fine specimen of Dravidian architecture, this temple is a must visit for anyone visiting Chennai or nearby cities.
Vivekananda House also popularly known as The Ice House, is a shrine and pilgrimage centre for the admirers and followers of Swami Vivekananda. It is in this house that Swami Vivekananda stayed for six weeks in 1900.
San Thome Church is among the only three in the world that house the tombs of one of Christ's original disciples. If you visit this historical place in Chennai, you will be stepping into a historical tale that will take you back a couple of centuries. The museum inside displays souvenirs of the great saint and his legend.
Constructed in 1892, Madras High Court is an important landmark in the city of Chennai. It is one of the three courts in the country established by letters patents granted by Queen Victoria.
Santhome Cathedral is a historical place in Chennai and ancient pilgrim centre, which was built during the 14th to the 15th century A D by the then reigning, Portuguese.
Built in 1905, Higginbotham's is the oldest bookstore in the city. Situated on the Mount Road in Chennai, the bookstore was originally opened by Abel Joshua Higginbotham- a British stowaway.
Built in 1795,a milestone in the history of Chennai, located Opposite Parry's Corner, Prakasam Salai is an impressive stylish building in Indo-Saracenic style with eminence in red bricks.
The Thousand Lights Mosque of Royapettah, Chennai is among the most esteemed mosques of the city as well as the state of Tamil Nadu. Built in the early 19th century by the Wallajah family of the Carnatic rulers, it is till date a popular gathering place for the daily prayers and festive occasions like Muharram.
Napier Bridge is the oldest bridge in the city, built by Francis Napier in 1869 who the then Governor General. The bridge is constructed over River Coovam and connects Fort St. George and Marina Beach.
Government Museum was established in 1851 and is the second oldest museum in the country after the Indian Museum in Kolkata. Situated in Egmore suburb of Chennai, it is built in the Indo-Sarcenic style and houses a rich collection of the works of Raja Ravi Varma making it a spectacular historical place in Chennai.
The Connemara Public Library at Chennai holds the prestigious status of being amongst one of the four deposit libraries in India which entitles them to a copy of every publication in India.
A classic example of Neoclassical style architecture, Ripon Building was constructed in the year 1913 to seat the Madras Corporation. Currently, it is occupied by the Greater Chennai Corporation. The building is splendid to look at and can only be visited with prior appointment.
Mylapore is one of the oldest and culturally enriched neighbourhoods, located in the southern part of Chennai. It is very much traditionalist to its core and boasts many temples, churches and historical places in Chennai.
The Madras War Cemetery houses the last remains of around 855 martyrs who laid down their precious lives at the battlefronts in the devastating Second World War and also a Memorial stone for 1000 more who died fighting in the Great War before that.
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