Saint Basil’s Cathedral Turns 450 Today With a Google Doodle

Saint Basil’s Cathedral is 450 years old today, and Russia is celebrating with a gift from Google: a doodle dedicated to the onion-domed structure.

The 16th-century cathedral, standing in Moscow’s Red Square, was originally commissioned by Ivan the Terrible to commemorate his military victories. Saint Basil’s Cathedral, now museum, is a masterpiece of Orthodox art and is one of the world’s most iconic sacred places.

Saint Basil’s, which recently completed a decade-long, multi-million dollar restoration project, marks today’s anniversary with the debut of a new exhibition displaying “relics and icons of St. Basil and other religious eccentrics,” according to the Associated Press.

Enjoy this photo gallery of Saint Basil’s Cathedral, then visit National Geographic online for additional photos and travel guides.

[Russia Country Guide]

[Moscow City Guide]

[Photo Gallery: Moscow Monuments]

[World Heritage Guide: Kremlin and Red Square]


  1. rose
    July 14, 2011, 4:01 am

    great place to visit…nice trip

  2. meganbolles
    July 13, 2011, 2:50 am

    The foundation of the ancient church is built of decorative red brick and areas of white stone for support peek through.

  3. Valeria Andrea
    July 12, 2011, 8:01 pm

    This place is in my top 10 (:

  4. John Newcomb
    Victoria, British Columbia
    July 12, 2011, 6:46 pm

    RIANovosti has a great panoramic virtual tour of St Basil’s interior. Don’t need to know Russian to do the tour – just click on the icon (развернуть карту) in bottom left corner of the image of St Basils to open the map and then click on any of the numbered links to tour those areas of the Cathedral. To go there, just go to:

  5. Hallo Jochen
    July 12, 2011, 6:32 pm

    schöne Bilder aus Moskau von der St. Basilius Kathedrale,
    sind aber leider nicht von mir.
    Grüße von Jan H.

  6. Daniel Murillo Mir
    July 12, 2011, 4:43 pm

    Congratulations for the post! :) I enjoyed it. Moscow it’s on my ponit of view for the next trip ;)

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