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Aghía Paraskeví is a picturesque, large village in the centre of Lesbos, with a traditional settlement and outstanding private and public buildings. Renowned for its intellectual and cultural tradition, it preserves an aura of nostalgia and intellectualism. To this day, it still keeps alive the important folk happening, “The Bull Festival”, a commemoration honouring the memory of St. Charalambos, patron saint of the Zevgádes, (from the word zévgos= couple, pair and denoting the beasts of burden hitched in pairs used to till the land.
Walking along its narrow streets, one comes across traditional kafenía (coffee-shops) and notable buildings, constructed in the early 19th century. At the village’s entry, the old communal olive press of Aghía Paraskeví, which now houses the Museum of Industrial Olive-Oil Production of Lesvos, dominates the landscape. Further along the road, one comes across the impressive building of the School of Aghía Paraskeví, designed by architect Assimákis Foúskas (1923) along the lines of the Propylaia of the University of Athens, which was built mainly with the income generated by the Communal Olive Press. Other picturesque sites worth visiting include the country Chapel of Aghía Paraskeví, which is built in the rock cave of a hill above the village, as well as the Church of Taxiárchis (Archangel) (1856).
The wider region of Aghía Paraskeví includes sites of great archaeological interest and a large variety of wetlands with important and rare bird species, as well as agricultural landscapes, salt flats, water springs and rivers.

Aghía Paraskeví