Chennai (Madras)

We arrived safely in Chennai after a long journey via Bangkok. There was a cyclone last week, so sadly a lot of trees have been damaged.

After dosa & idly for breakfast,

– these are some of the places we visited:

San Thome Basilicai. The cathedral is named after St Thomas the apostle, martyred here in 72 AD. A bit of his thumb bone is worshipped here. Jesus is fully clothed here & stands on a lotus with peacocks.

Fort St. George – much of the fort is now part of the State legislature, & there is a museum in the former officers’ mess, with many original articles & paintings on display.

The High Court, near Parry’s corner, is one of many buildings of Indo Saracenic design in Chennai.

Kapaleeswarar Temple, in the south of the city is a magnificent example of Dravidian architecture, built in the 16th century, and dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple occupies the site of an earlier temple destroyed during the Portuguese occupation of Mylapore in 1566.

There are a lot of very old bronze statues rescued from temples.


A flyover was built in 1971.

That’s all for now,

Thomas

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3 comments

  1. Granny Devon · · Reply

    It all looks fantastic but not very Christmassy! Hope you have a fantastic time – look forward to hearing more. XXX

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  2. I will have to work a bit to get my earlobes like the ones on one of the statues. Have a great hols. We are hoping to do a bit of thinking/planning about our trip over the Xmas hols.

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  3. Granny fixit · · Reply

    Packing in the sight seeing already. Do you know the significance of the lotus flower and peacocks?

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