Google Logo For 450th Anniversary Of St. Basil's Cathedral

Jul 12, 2011 • 8:15 am | comments (22) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Logos

St. Basil's Cathedral Google Logo

Today on many but not all Google properties is a special logo for the 450th anniversary of the St. Basil's Cathedral. It is a is a Russian Orthodox church built on the Red Square in Moscow in 1555–61. It is also known as the Cathedral of the Protection of Most Holy Theotokos on the Moat or in Russian as Собор Василия Блаженного. The church has 9 domes and 2 spires. They first started building it in 1555 and completed it in 1561 under the order of Ivan IV of Russia. For more details about the church, see Wikipedia.

Over the years there have been many complaints, especially around the Google Christmas logo, that Google doesn't have special logos for Christian days. So it is hard to get more Christian than that logo, it even has a cross at the top of the logo.

There are forum threads talking about the logo, including a few at Google Web Search Help and Google Blogoscoped Forums.

The logo is not on localized versions of Google where the population is not mostly Christian, such as Google Egypt, Google Pakistan, Google Israel and others.

Do you like this logo?

Forum discussion at Google Web Search Help and Google Blogoscoped Forums.

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07/12/2011 12:56 pm

When they say there aren't enough Christian holiday logos are they talking about this born-again Christianism of these last years in the US, or Catholic christianism which has a pretty busy schedule of special days? Would that also include the Greek Orthodox schedule? The Coptic Christian schedule? I thought your logos were for special events, not religious notification. St Basil's is a special event because it's 450 years old and it quite lovely to look at. But what did you have to do? Leave it off of Google for many countries due to their religious beliefs. I think you should have put it up on all sites with the proviso that it's a historic landmark so totally identified with Russia and isn't it pretty. I should think even non-Christians could appreciate that. I mean, what are the "non-Christian" countries going to do, riot because it's today's logo?

Isabel M Valdivia

07/12/2011 12:58 pm

would definitely like a Christmas logo this year.  This is for the most part a Christian nation founded on Christian principles.  A Christmas and Easter Sunday logo would be nice.  Your artists are excellent.  I'm sure they'll do an excellent job.  Isabel


07/12/2011 01:01 pm

Christian Nation? Are you fucking kiddin me?


07/12/2011 01:16 pm

Would like to have a link to whatever the logo is on the edge of the logo "Logo Info".  Daily logos would be great as well.


07/12/2011 01:17 pm

Haters gonna hate


07/12/2011 01:18 pm

I think she's referring to Vatican City.  Has to be, because that's the only true christian country that was founded on christian values.


07/12/2011 01:29 pm

Its a great logo! However, Google should keep out of 'religious' holidays not because of offensive content to a particular religion (or a branch there of), but because it would spare them the headache of dealing with ignorant, pompous, self righteous assholes who have too much time on their hands to complain about offensiveness of browser logos!!!!!

Mark Gerke

07/12/2011 01:31 pm

I enjoy the variety of logos.  If it is something I do not already agree with at least I can learn a little about what others believe.  I might not agree, but I learn. I have my firm beliefs and keep most of them to myself, but the one I will share is tolerance.  Google, please continue to put up symbols of any religion, area, country, culture or idea.  I might not agree, in which case I do not click on it, but at least I have the opportunity to learn. Anothet thing I believe in is owning up to my comments, so I sign. Mark


07/12/2011 01:38 pm

that was indeed a very logical comment. 

Black Seo Guy

07/12/2011 01:42 pm

That's incredible..I wonder who does those for them. They are  always on point. "Black Seo Guy "Signing Off"


07/12/2011 01:45 pm

As technology firm Google should be only promote ideas/events that are secular in nature. But again just like any other site craving for hits they had to sell out.  


07/12/2011 01:56 pm

As a Christian, I have never noticed the lack of religious icons in the Google Logos.  I have enjoyed the people, places and history you bring to my attention and applaud your creative approach.  Please keep us the great work and bring us more.


07/12/2011 01:59 pm

I enjoyed the logo of the cathderal.  Google does a great job displacing the different objects on the home page.  It is a shame that people still are afraid of a piece of history that does belong to everyone.  The sentence about the population in Egypt, Pakistan , Israel and others was not necessary, Iam sure someone in these countries would enjoy looking a good piece of good art. 

Johnny Gerstenheimer

07/12/2011 02:00 pm

Betcha if it was a Jewish Holiday or the Holocaust anniversary, it wouldn't be as frowned upon........


07/12/2011 02:04 pm

The church is beautiful and is represented by Google as a world cultural monument. This patron has a very innovative design and a real find from the architectural point of view.In terms of art is also remarkable. The fact is that this building is associated with Christianity, but many works by famous artists are also related.You should not burn works of art not only because of our religion.I find today's Google logo for fascinating.I do not think there should be such talks that aim to divert the focus of attention from real problems and to divide society on poles.


07/12/2011 02:05 pm

I wonder why the horrible, atheist, anti-religion communists did not just tear down this obvious religious building? Makes you wonder if we have been told the truth about Russia and Communism all these years.

Sheilah Carroll

07/12/2011 02:07 pm

Let's give this negativity as rest.

Sheilah Carroll

07/12/2011 02:09 pm

Let's give this negativity  a rest.


07/12/2011 02:22 pm

Great logo for Google... Maybe they should do that often... Thanks for sharing


07/12/2011 02:55 pm

Of course not. You were not told the truth


01/01/2012 12:29 pm

Beautiful artistry, as usual by Google.   Thanks for another great logo.  Happy New Year in 2012. God Bless.


01/01/2012 12:34 pm

Thank you, Sheilah!!!

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