Russian Orthodox church of St Parasceve, Vilnius

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    by antistar Updated Dec 3, 2013

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    St. Paraskeva Church, Vilnius

    This Orthodox church has suffered some great swings in fortunes. From Peter the Great praying here for victory during the Great Northern War, before returning to act as Godfather to the Ganibal, the great grandfather of Pushkin... to Stalin. During communist times it was forced to stop services. Originally Stalin planned for it the indignity of hosting a Museum of Atheism, but this became the less insulting showcase for Lithuanian folk art. Today it has returned to its former status, but seems a little subdued.

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    by fachd Written Oct 7, 2012

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    I thought this church is preety groovy with pinkish colour wall. Outside the church they were like a small market selling paintings, souvenirs and other goodies.

    The Church St Paraceve or Piatnickaya is one of the main Russian Orthodox churches in Vilnius. It has been around since 1345. Throughout history churches always burned down and rebuilt, St Paraceve is no exception at the end of 16th century it was rebuilt.

    The church was looked after by Uniates but they were bad landlords and not looking after the property the church deteriorates. Peter 1 the Russian Tsar repaired the church in 1705, not only he repaired the church he baptized Hannibal so goes the story.

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    Orthodox Church of St. Paraskeva (Pyatnickaya)

    by suvanki Written Sep 25, 2012

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    This attractive pink Russian Orthodox Church is to be found at the end/beginning of Ribiskiu Didzioji and Pilies gatve behind the 'Souvenir Market'

    Phil re-named it 'The Church with the hand' due to the large sculpture in the church yard.

    According to my 'Vilnius in your Pocket' (and other sources) this was the first church in Vilnius to be constructed of stone. It dates back to the mid 14th Century, and was believed to have been built on a former pagan temple to Ragutis, a pagan god.
    Princess Maria, the wife of Prince Algirdas, ordered the construction of this first Orthodox church. Following her death in 1346, she was buried here.

    It has suffered fire damage in the past and has been re-built/renovated many times.
    At times it has been derelict for long periods (Following the Third Partition of 1795, the church was abandoned for 70 years)

    In 1705, the African prince Hannibal (aka Major-General Abram Petrovich Gannibal) was alleged to have been christened in the church. Born in Eritrea, he was adopted by the Russian Tzar, Peter The Great, who took on the role of God father at the service. This was during the Great Northern War,and Peter had also visited the church to pray for Victory.
    Hannibal's great grandson was the author Alexander Pushkin, who started a novel Peter the Great's Negro, which wasn't completed, but was published in 1837.

    After a rebuild in 1864, the church was to suffer more fire damage during WW2, and was once again re-built in 1949.

    In 1961, the church closed, but re-opened the following year as a Lithuanian folk art museum. (The Soviet Stalinist government had initially intended that this become a Museum of Atheism)

    On May 31st 1991 the building was re-consecrated to the Russian Orthodox Church.

    Services on Sunday are in Lithuanian.

    On the wall outside is a tryptic memorial panel I'm afraid that I can't read this.

    I'm still trying to find out more about the hand sculpture.

    This was the first church that we visited - I can't remember much about the inside - well we did visit quite a few churches!
    Phil doesn't share my interest in churches (although he's started showing SOME interest), so I had to limit my 'dipping in and out'

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    by HORSCHECK Written Sep 23, 2011

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    The Orthodox Church of St. Parasceve (Pyatnickaya) was the first church in Vilnius which was made of stone. It was built in 1345 on the site of a pagan temple.

    In 1705, the African prince Abram Petrovich Gannibal who is the great-grandfather of Alexander Pushkin was batised here.

    After major fire damage in WWII, the church was completely reconstructed in 1949. During the Soviet era it was used as a museum of painting.

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    The Orthodox Church of St. Parasceve is situated right in the touristy heart of Vilnius' old town, where the pedestrianised streets Pilies and Didzioji meet.

    Address: Orthodox Church of St. Parasceve, Didzioji 2, Vilnius

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    Where Peter the Great used to pray

    by evaanna Updated Sep 22, 2008

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    Built in 1345, this was the first Russian Orthodox church in Lithuania founded by Duchess Maria Jaroslavna, the Russian wife of Algirdas, the Grand Duke of Lithuania. Its location was not accidental as it had been the site of the pagan temple of Ragutis, a pagan god and a patron of bees. It was here that three Orthodox saints and the 12 sons of Duke Algirdas were christened and here that Tsar Peter the Great frequently prayed. In the course of its history, the church was twice ravaged by fire. In Soviet times the building was turned into a museum but since 1991 it's been used for worship again. Nowadays it's a youth's parish church.
    Discouraged by our reception at St Nicholas Orthodox Church, we didn't even try to get in this time.

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    A brothel in the past

    by matcrazy1 Written Jun 23, 2004

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    ST. PARASCEVE'S  ORTHODOX  CHURCH

    I found this church on my picture a little bit exotic. Well, it was an orthodox church in neo-Byzantine style, very difficult to find in my mostly Roman catholic country, Poland. It's a pity that it was closed on Tuesday's afternoon when I was there.

    HISTORY
    St. Parasceve's (Piatnickaya) Church was first built on that place in... 1345 but its nowaday's look originates from 1865 when Vilnius was occupied by Russian Empire. It's said that Russian Tzar Peter I baptised Hannibal, the black grandfather of Alexander Pushkin in this church. Before, in 17th century the property was passed to the Uniates and it housed a tavern and... a brothel (cathouse).

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    The churche's interior

    by LanaFromRiga Written Jul 19, 2004

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    St.Parasceves churche's altar

    The St.Parasceve’s Church is very small. Probably it was destroyed in World’s Wars and now we can see renovated version. The Altar is very impressive.

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    St.Parasceve Church in the middle of Vilnius

    by LanaFromRiga Written Jul 19, 2004

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    Ancient lustre

    When you walk down Didzjoji Street next church you will see is St.Parasceve’s Orthodox Church. I advice you come in. There is Russian Imperial’s time lustre.

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    lego church

    by Sioma Updated Mar 7, 2004
    lego church

    i don't know the name of this pretty church...i just liked it: it seems built wuth "lego" briks....there are also other churches built in such style.

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