Sights of Odessa Ukraine. Where to go. Travel guide.

By: Ulraine National Travel Agent

The monument to Duke de Richelieu. French nobleman, soldier, and statesman who, as premier of France (1815-18 and 1820-21), obtained the withdrawal of the Allied occupation army from France. Earlier, he had served Russia as governor of Odessa and was notable for his progressive administration there.

The Potemkin (or Potyomkin) Steps. The Potemkin Steps are a formal entrance into the city from the direction of the sea. Sure, each city has its own place of mostly pronounced originality. For Odessa it will be Potemkin Steps.

The monument to Don Josef de Ribas. De Ribas and a close collaborator, a Dutch engineer named Franz de Volan, recommended Odessa location as the site of the region's principal port.

Primorskiy Boulevard. Because of the numerous magnificent buildings, the Primorsky Boulevard is in Odessa kicks it the more beautiful and extensively forbidden to the automotive circulation.

Monument to Pushkin. The odessans honored the memory of the talented artist; now one of the main streets of the city is named after Alexander Pushkin. The monument to Alexander Pushkin, located just opposite the MunicipalBuilding, was unveiled in 1889.

Monument to Vorontsov. This monument to the governor-general of the NovorossiyskTerritory was erected in 1863.

Colonnades of the VorontsovPalace. At the Primorskiy Boulevard's west end note the (pre-revolutionary) governor's palace, which incidentally was heavily damaged in 1854 when the British and French bombarded it. Count Vorontsov built a Grecian colonnade, which overlooks the harbor and also provides a fine view of the bay.

Opera and Ballet Theatre. The Theatre itself is interesting not only by us architecture, but by its rich creative biography

City Hall. Situated on the Primorskiy Boulevard the building, which houses the City Hall nowadays, is the place of the former old Stock Exchange in Odessa. Trading has always been the main source of Odessa budget income, so it is only natural that the Stock Exchange building occupied the foreground of the city and was further converted into the City Council and Major place.

Deribasovskaya Street is named after Don Josef de Ribas. This street is the very heart of Odessa. What lends Deribasovskaya its unique character is magnificent architecture; crowds of people leisurely sitting on terraces of numerous cafes and restaurants, perfect cobblestones, no vehicle traffic and big shady linden trees.

Beaches of Odessa.

Odessa's beach, which actually is made up of several beaches running some 40 km or more, possesses a sea wall and small-scale eating and drinking establishments. During the summer, particularly the Lanzheron, Otrada, Delfin, Luzanovka, Fontan, Arkadia beaches are wall-to-wall people, but solitude seekers can find quiet by walking farther.

Churches of Odessa. There were about 70 churches before the revolution in Odessa. History of each church is indissolubly connected with the history of the city. For Soviet period lots of churches were closed, destroyed, reoriented in warehouses and fitness - centers and on many years ago, people in Odessa didn’t even imagined, that pious, orthodox citizens prayed about health for their relatives and about well-being and prosperity of whole city in these city’s buildings.

Odessa Seaport. Convenient geographical situation on the historically founded merchant ways between East and West, closeness to Bosporus and Dardanelle’s, all - the - year - round navigation in the port - was always attracting attention of owners of goods in the world.

Catacombs. Odessa is located on land that millions of years ago were covered by the Black Sea. Shells of mollusks combined and formed light yellow shell rock. Examining any of this rock, a person can see that it is composed of millions of shells. Sandstone was both the foundation for the city and a primary building material. Easy to dig through, the sandstone allowed for the construction an estimated 2,000 kilometers of labyrinths stretching out under the city. Nearly the entire older section of Odessa is built with this stone.

ArcheologicalMuseum was the first museum founded in the city and is one of the oldest in CIS. There are more then 160,000 exhibits providing excellent illustration of North Black Sea coast - from the first appearance of man up to the emergence of the ancient Russian state, Kievan Rus. Museum displays ancient artifacts – collection of priceless ornaments and jewelry from the 5th to the 1st centuries B.C. and coins dating from the 6th century B.C. The excavation of Olbia, Chersoneses, Panticapea, Tiras and other ancient Greek colonies on the Black Sea has mainly contributed these outstanding collections.

FineArtsMuseum. The Museum has an amazing collection of icons from the 14th -15th century and 18th-19th century paintings - Aivazovsky, Repin, Vrubel, Serov, Savrasov and Kramskoy. Early 20th century paintings are represented as well, including works of Rorich, Benz, Somov, Serebriakova, and Kandinski. The building of the museum used to be the palace of Count Pototsky and was raised in 1805. Exquisitely ornamented halls with painted ceilings, beautiful parquet floors, made of rare kinds of wood and fine marble mantelpieces lend an elegant atmosphere to high class

Museum of Literature.Used to be the residence of Count Gagarin. The building is completely restored and is really beautiful. The museum collection amounts to 40,000 exhibits. It represents the works of Ukrainian, Russian, Polish, Jewish, Bulgarian, etc. writers and illustrates their links with Odessa. The list includes about 300 names. If you study literature this museum will be of a great interest.

Naval Museum. The building of NavalMuseum was originally the English Club raised in 1842. The museum has a vast collection, which traces the history of local shipbuilding and navigation from ancient times to present days. The exhibits include automatic models, diagrams, and instruments, which are inherent to ship's bridges and radio cabins. There is an imitation of a ship’s sway, the sound of waves.

Western and OrientalArtsMuseum.One of the best in Ukraine. The museum was founded in 1924 on the basis of private collections in the premises of a wealthy Odessa merchant. The museum has awesome collection of European masterpieces and antiquities from Italy, Holland, France and Flounders. The collection includes replicas of antique sculpture, Ancient Greek ceramics and Roman glassware. The works represents the oriental art from China, Japan, IndiaComputer Technology Articles, Mongolia and Tibet. The interior is richly decorated: molded ceilings and parquet floors made of valuable species of wood.

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