The south eastern city of Chennai is a bustling hub of commerce, entertainment and spirituality in one cosmopolitan locale. To truly soak in the sights, visitors would enjoy one of many luxury serviced apartments Chennai has to offer the discerning traveller. The Somerset Greenways Chennai features some of the premium Chennai service apartments with stylish interiors and modern conveniences to cater to the international leisure or business visitor. One of Chennai’s claims to fame is that it served as the entry point for Christianity to spread in the Indian subcontinent. St. Thomas Mount, or “Parangimalai” in the local Tamil language, marks the spot where St. Thomas, the famous sceptic in Christian lore, settled down when he was spreading the Word in the region, and he was also believed to have attained martyrdom in the city. From the 17th century onwards, the area has been inhabited by Anglo-Indians, and a tranquil church built in the early 16th century stands here as a testament to St. Thomas, as it bears his relics. The same year of 1523 also saw the construction of a beautiful shrine dedicated to Mother Mary at the exact spot where St. Thomas was believed to have passed on. The summit of the mount offers a truly stunning view of the Chennai skyline and the trek to the top will not disappoint. The church is a fitting tribute to one of the original twelve apostles and is well worth a visit when you are next in Chennai.