ODESA – THE PERL OF THE BLACK SEA
Odesa is a port city on the Black Sea in southern Ukraine. Established by Imperial decree at the end of the 18th century, Odesa quickly flourished as a crucial port on the Black Sea. The city used to be the cultural and intellectual center prior Soviet Russia and the majority of the most amazing buildings comes from that period. The architecture resembles more of the Mediterranean or French influence than Russian and that already gives the unique look and style to the city. Nowadays Odesa is Ukraine’s favourite holiday escape for its culture, mild climate and beaches. A lot of the architecture from its golden age endures at palaces, cultured parks, boulevards, ceremonial stairways and a spellbinding opera house, held as one of the finest in Europe. Odesa has an iconic symbol, the “Potemkin Stairs” which is a wide staircase that has an illusion so that the people at the top only see a series of large steps, while at the bottom all the steps appear to merge into one pyramid-shaped mass.
Deribasovskaya Street, a wonderful and attractive pedestrian avenue is famous for its unique character and magnificent architecture. During any season of the year, you find lots of people leisurely walking, sitting and talking on the outdoor or indoor terraces of numerous cafes, bars and restaurants.
Odesa is also associated with many stories and legendary discoveries. Everyone loves this city for something special that makes them feel freer and a little more lightsome. Don’t miss a chance to become a part of this magic world in the South of Ukraine. Besides, Odesa residents are unique people with a great sense of humor.