We didn’t find much in the way of inspiration during our short stay in Chennai (other than the people were quite friendly) – but we enjoyed touring some of the city’s unique historical sites including the San Thome Basilica. This is one of only three churches in the world that are supposedly built on top an apostle’s tomb. This one houses the remains of Thomas the Apostle – the other two are the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Spain and the Vatican in Italy.
The Parthasarathy temple dates from the 8th century. This ancient temple is not far from the Bay of Bengal and is open to visitors. The nearby Marina is a long sandy beach and today was filled with people as far as one could see. A temporary exhibition called the “wonders of the world” was setup in the area – it was odd to see the Statue of Liberty, Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Taj Mahal all in the same area!