Google Doodle Celebrates 450th Anniversary of St. Basil’s Cathedral

Google Inc. on Tuesday celebrated the 450th anniversary of Russia’s Orthodox Church St. Basil’s Cathedral with a dedicated Google Doodle.

The Russian Orthodox Church, which was built in the capital city of Moscow 450 years ago, took six years of work to complete the construction. The church was erected to celebrate captivation of Kazan and Astrakhan by the order of Ivan the Terrible.

Originally, the structure had eight churches circling a main church, however, the 10th church was added to it later on. The 10th church stand erect over the grave of saint Vasily or saint Basil.

The structure which resembles a bonfire in the sky, is an amalgamation of both Russian, Byzantine along with the Islamic style and influences.

The church was made open to the public under the rule of communists in the year 1929 and was given the status of UNESCO World Heritage later.

"This cathedral is a shrine and a symbol of Russia. It's a miracle it survived at all", stated Andrey Busygin, the Deputy Culture Minister.

The church, now a museum hosts an exhibition today to celebrate the birthday of St. Basil as he was deeply respected and followed by Tsar Ivan the Terrible, a tyrant of the time.