This word Santhome is derived from Saint Thomas on whose tomb the Church was built which is called the St. Thomas Basillica. It is one of the four churches in the world which is built over tombs of apostles of Christ. Santhome has some premier institutions of education. Hence, it became an administrative capital locality of the Archdiocese of Madras-Mylapore. These include Rosary Matriculation School, St. Bedes A. I. SS, Santhome HSS, St. Raphel's School and Dominic Savio Matric School. The official residence of the Archbishop of the Madras - Mylapore Archdiocese is in Santhome adjacent to the Basilica. The Russian and the Spanish Consulates are also in this area. The Santhome High Road stretches from the Light House of the Marina beach and goes up to Adyar. Hotel MGM Grand, Orange Inn and the Hotel Star City are some of the upscale hotels of this area. Kapaleeswarar temple, Sri Virupaksheshwarar temple and Raja Prm Sri Ayappa Swami temples are important religious shrines of the Hindus. Some colleges in this area are the Madras Community College, ICAT Design and Media College and the Raffles Millenium International, Image College of Arts , Animation & Technology Pvt. Ltd., CSI School for the Deaf etc.