The Chepauk Palace (map) in the city, designed by Paul Benfield, is said to be the first Indo-Saracenic building in India. The best examples of this style include the *Madras High Court (built in 1892, map), *Southern Railway headquarters (map), *Ripon Building / Greater Chennai Corporation Office (map), Government Museum, Senate House of the University of Madras (map), *Amir Mahal (map), *Bharat Insurance Building (map), *Victoria Public Hall (map) and the College of Engineering (map).
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*Fort St. George (map). It was (formerly known as White Town) was established as the East India Company’s fortified foothold in Madras and it was from this small trading post (or ‘factory’ as it was then known) that British influence spread throughout India.
>> *Heritage structures in Chennai
Government Museum (map). Established in 1857, the Government Museum of Chennai is one of the popular tourist destinations in the city. Six independent buildings in this Museum campus has 46 galleries. There is an Archaeology Section, Zoology Section, Botany Section, Geology Section, Numismatics Section, Bronze Gallery, Children’s museum, art gallery and various other interesting sections and galleries.
Basilica of the National Shrine of St.Thomas (map). In the whole world, there are only three churches built over the tomb of an Apostle of Jesus Christ- the Basilica of Saint Peter built over the tomb of St.Peter in Rome, Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela built over the tomb of St.James in Spain and Basilica of the National Shrine of St.Thomas built over the tomb of St.Thomas. Basilica of the National Shrine of St.Thomas is in Chennai, India. The present National Shrine of St.Thomas is built over the tomb of Saint Thomas the Apostle, who came to India in the year 52 AD.