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Fort St. George & Fort Museum, Chennai

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Founded in 1644, Fort St George is the first English fortress. St. Mary's Church and the Fort Museum are the main two sections of the fort. The fort museum exhibits a host of antiquities such as war weapons, coins, medals, paintings, important documents, etc., belongs to the colonial period displayed in ten galleries spread over three floors.

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Government Archaeological Museum, Chennai

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One of oldest archaeological museum established in 1865, it is governed by Karnataka State Archaeology Department. It has two exhibition floors divided into eighteen galleries which have different sections for geology, natural history, sculpture, art and numismatics. The museum has rare collection of archaeological and geological artefacts including relics from the Indus valley civilization such as Mohenjodaro, Halebid and Vijayanagar.

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San Thome Basilica, Chennai

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Built in the 16 century in Neo-Gothic style, 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. The museum exhibits artefacts related to St. Thomas and the Basilica, and the theatre is used for screening a short video on the life of the Apostle.

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Universal Temple Ramakrishna Math, Chennai

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The uniqueness of the Universal temple of Ramakrishna math is that it does not belong to any religion or caste. Anyone can come here for meditation and people are not allowed to speak during meditation period. Built in South Indian style of architecture, it has tall statute of Ramakrishna of pure marble and other shrines of Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda.

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Valluvar Kottam, Chennai

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Valluvar Kottam is famous for the monument of Tamil poet and philosopher, Thiruvalluvar. The building of Valluvar Kottam is modelled like the temple chariot in Thiruvarur and the 1330 Tamil couplets from 133 chapters of the Thirukkural are depicted in bas-relief in the front hall corridors.

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Vivekanandar Illam, Chennai

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Also known as Vivekananda House, it is an important place for the Ramakrishna Movement in South India. Vivekananda House showcases exhibition on Indian Culture and Swamiji’s Life, maintained by the Ramakrishna Math and is a source of inspiration to thousands of people who visit it every year.

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