Fragment from medal by Juozas Kalinauskas
Territorial expansion between 1300 and 1547
Algirdas (left) on the Millennium of Russia monument in Veliky Novgorod
The seal of Simeon the Proud (1340s), reads: "The seal of the Grand Duke Simeon of all Rus
Dmitry Donskoy writes letters asking for help against Algirdas during the Lithuanian–Muscovite War (1368–1372)
Territorial expansion between 1300 and 1547
Litas commemorative coin with image of Algirdas
The seal of Ivan III the Great (1490s), reads: "Ioan (John), by God's grace, the Sovereign of all Rus' and the Grand Duke"
Blaeu's map of Russia (1645); Moscovia is Moscow and the vicinities
The Moscow Kremlin under Prince Ivan Kalita (early XIV century) by Apollinary Vasnetsov
Dmitry Donskoi in the Battle of Kulikovo
Andrei Rublev's famous icon of the Trinity
Territorial growth from 1300 to 1462
Great Stand on the Ugra River, 1480
The Dormition Cathedral in the Moscow Kremlin
Traveling by sleigh

The Teutonic Order in the northwest and the Golden Horde in the southeast sought Lithuanian territory, while Poland to the west and Moscow principality to the east were generally hostile competitors.

- Algirdas

Grand Duke Algirdas of Lithuania allied himself by marriage with Tver and undertook three expeditions against Moscow (1368, 1370, 1372) but was unable to take it.

- Grand Duchy of Moscow

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Grand Duchy of Lithuania

European state that existed from the 13th century to 1795, when the territory was partitioned among the Russian Empire, the Kingdom of Prussia, and the Habsburg Empire of Austria.

European state that existed from the 13th century to 1795, when the territory was partitioned among the Russian Empire, the Kingdom of Prussia, and the Habsburg Empire of Austria.

The Grand Duchy of Lithuania at the height of its power in the 15th century (on a modern day map)
Lithuania in the Mappa mundi of Pietro Vesconte, 1321. The inscription reads: Letvini pagani - pagan Lithuanians.
The Grand Duchy of Lithuania at the height of its power in the 15th century (on a modern day map)
Balts in the 12th century
Columns of Gediminas
Gediminas' Tower in Vilnius
Lithuanian state in 13-15th centuries
Lubart's Castle in Ukraine, built by the son of Gediminas' Liubartas in the mid-14th century, is famous for the Congress of Lutsk which took place in 1429
Grand Duchy of Lithuania under the rule of Vytautas the Great
Poland and Lithuania in 1386–1434
Trakai Island Castle, residence of the Grand Duke Vytautas
The Battle of Grunwald, 1410, with Ulrich von Jungingen and Vytautas at center
The Grand Duchy of Lithuania within the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth c. 1635
Lithuania and its administrative divisions in the 17th century
Church of St. Johns in Vilnius. Example of Vilnius Baroque style
St. Anne's Church and the church of the Bernardine Monastery in Vilnius
Constitution of 3 May, one of the first official state documents issued in both Polish and Lithuanian, Lithuanian edition
Lithuanian primer for kids, published in Vilnius, Grand Duchy of Lithuania, 1783 edition
Area where Lithuanian was spoken in the 16th century
Lithuania proper (in green) and Samogitia (in red) within the Grand Duchy of Lithuania in a map from 1712
Panegyric to Sigismund III Vasa, visiting Vilnius, first hexameter in Lithuanian, 1589
The Statute of Grand Duchy of Lithuania (1588) in Ruthenian printed in Vilnius
The first printed book in Lithuanian Catechism of Martynas Mažvydas by Martynas Mažvydas
Lithuanian ancient hill fort in Rudamina
Lithuanian ancient hill fort mounds in Kernavė, now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Kaunas Castle
thumb|Lida Castle
Ruins of Navahrudak Castle. Current state (2004)
Ruins of Kreva Castle
Mir Castle - a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Belarus.
Medininkai Castle
Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania in Vilnius
Vilnius University and the Church of St. John
St. George Church (1487) in Kaunas
Church of Vytautas the Great in Kaunas
Pažaislis Monastery church, decorated with expensive marble
Royal insignias of the rulers of Lithuania in the Vilnius Cathedral, 1931
Coins of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania
Coins of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania
Coins of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania
Recreation of the Lithuanian soldiers
thumb|right|Showcase of the Crimean Karaites traditional lifestyle in Trakai, Lithuania
Žemaitukas, a historic horse breed from Lithuania, known from the 6–7th centuries, used as a warhorse by the Lithuanians
"Christianization of Lithuania in 1387", oil on canvas by Jan Matejko, 1889, Royal Castle in Warsaw
Priest, lexicographer Konstantinas Sirvydas, the cherisher of the Lithuanian language in the 17th century
Lithuanian national coats of arms: Columns of Gediminas, Double Cross of the Jagiellonians (Jogaila) and Samogitian bear
Coat of arms of the Grand Chancellors of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania
Coat of arms of the Grand Marshals of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania
Lithuanian Metrica
Reciprocal Guarantee of Two Nations which distinguishes Poles, Lithuanians, Ruthenians, and others, adopted on 20 October 1791
Kamianets-Podilskyi Castle in Ukraine.

Its rapid territorial expansion started late in the reign of Gediminas, and continued under the diarchy and co-leadership of his sons Algirdas and Kęstutis.

However, unsuccessful wars with the Grand Duchy of Moscow forced the union to remain intact.

Grand Duke of Lithuania Gediminas as depicted in the Sapieha Genealogy in Kodeń, 1709

Gediminas

Grand Duke of Lithuania from 1315 or 1316 until his death.

Grand Duke of Lithuania from 1315 or 1316 until his death.

Grand Duke of Lithuania Gediminas as depicted in the Sapieha Genealogy in Kodeń, 1709
Position of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania in Eastern Europe until 1434.
A peace agreement between Gediminas and the Order
Gediminas Castle in Lida
Gediminas Tower named after the founder of Vilnius, although it was built considerably later.
Gediminas on a 2021 stamp of Lithuania
Gediminas monument in Cathedral Square, Vilnius
Gediminids - predecessors of the Jagiellonian dynasty 1521

He also secured an alliance with the nascent Grand Duchy of Moscow by marrying his daughter, Anastasia, to the grand duke Simeon.

He was succeeded by one of his sons, Jaunutis, who was unable to control the unrest in the country, as a result of which he was deposed in 1345 by his brother Algirdas.

The Gediminid symbol in Rambynas Hill, Lithuania

Belsky family (Gediminid)

Ruthenianized princely family of Gediminid origin in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.

Ruthenianized princely family of Gediminid origin in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.

The Gediminid symbol in Rambynas Hill, Lithuania

It later deflected to the Grand Duchy of Moscow and played a key role during the regency of Ivan IV of Russia.

The family started with Ivan Vladimirovich, son of Vladimir Olgerdovich and grandson of Algirdas, and ended with Ivan Dmitrievich Belsky in 1571.