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St. Patrick's Day Celebrated With Google Logo

03/17/2012 04:04 am ET

Google's home page on March 17 featured a St. Patrick's Day tribute.

The holiday "doodle" draws its inspiration from the intricate calligraphy of the Book of Kells, an illuminated gospel manuscript well over 1,000 years old. The original text is housed at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.

According to the Washington Post, Jennifer Hom, a member of the Google's team of Doodle artists, created the gorgeous, intricate new logo.

"Working 40 hours over four days, she would sometimes zoom in by 300 percent to render those precise Celtic knots — closer than the Doodle artists typically work, she says, given their limited canvas of '300 to 400 pixels wide' and about '100 pixels tall," writes the Post.

History.com writes that March 17 has marked the feast day of Roman Catholic Saint Patrick since at least the ninth century.

A native of Roman-occupied Britain, Patrick served as a prominent Catholic missionary in Ireland after escaping slavery there. Myth has it that he is responsible for driving the snakes out of Ireland, as well.

Check out Google's stunning Doodle (below).

Take a look at the slideshow to see some of our favorite Google Doodles.

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