Russia’s St. Basil’s Cathedral had its official groundbreaking ceremony in 1555, but because it wasn’t completed until July 12, 1561, Google waited until today to celebrate the church’s 450th anniversary with a special Google Doodle.

The church stands in Moscow’s Red Square and, with intricate, colorful domes and numerous spires it surely stands out from the rest. This is reminiscent of other churches in Ukraine, with both having Eastern Orthodox Christianity as the dominant  religion. This has heavily influenced Ukrainian architecture, literature and music.


(St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery in Kiev, Ukraine)

 

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