Church of St. Paraskeva

St. Praskeva Eastern Orthodox Church is the oldest Christian church in Vilnius, built in the middle of the 14th century, under the initiative of Grand Duke’s Algirdas wife – Maria Yaroslavna.

The church is associated with many legends. One says that the church was built on the site of the temple to the pagan god. Another is associated with Russian Emperor Peter the Great and with Alexander Pushkin’s great-grandfather – Abram Gannibal.

During his stay in Vilnius, the Russian tsar spent most of his time visiting churches and monasteries. As legend has it (though no known source can confirm it) he baptized the great-grandfather of the Russian poet Alexander Pushkin in the Orthodox St Paraskeva Church.
Learn more about the Russian tsar’s stay in Vilnius by clicking on this link.

Address: Didžioji str. 2