The iconic symbol of Russia, St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow's Red Square turned 450 today.  The onion-domed landmark is just outside of the Kremlin and was named after a homeless dissident who stood up and spoke out against Czar Ivan the Terrible.


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Tuesday's exhibition is dedicated to St. Basil and other so-called holy fools, the devout and eccentric profits known for braving Russian winters by walking around naked or wearing just feathers.

The exhibition opened today after a decade-long restoration of the cathedral that cost 390 million rubles ($13.8m USD).

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

Built from 1555-1561 by orders of Ivan the Terrible, St Basil's Cathedral suffered heavy damage during the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917 and had been a target of Napoleon's a century earlier.

Here's a look at the flamboyant building and today's Google doodle: