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St Thomas Mount, Madras, 1900-01 752433

St Thomas Mount, Madras, 1900-01 752433

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1900

Shelfmark: Photo 752/4(33)

Item number: 752433

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of St Thomas Mount near Madras (Chennai), Tamil Nadu, from the Macnabb Collection (Col James Henry Erskine Reid): Album of Indian views, taken in c.1900. The mount is 11 km south of Madras and is traditionally held to be the site of the martyrdom of the apostle St Thomas. It is thought that he founded Christian communities on the west coast of India and came to Mylapore, where he was killed in 68 AD. A flight of granite steps marked by 14 Stations of the Cross ascends the mount to Our Lady of Expectation Church, built in the mid-16th century by the Portuguese who established a Mission at the mount. The steps were built by Petrus Uscan, a notable member of the Armenian community of old Madras. The military cantonment, consisting of barracks and colonial-style bungalows, lay at the base of the mount. This is a view from the hill, looking down onto cantonment buildings.

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