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Odessa's historic center

The Russian Empress Katherine II the Great founded Odessa in 1794 which means it is quite a young city. It is named after the ancient Greek colony Odessos erroneously believed to had been once situated on the site of the outskirts of modern Odessa. The feminin ending comes from the fact, that Katherine II was a woman.

As nearly all houses date back to the 19th century, you find them all in unique "classicistical" style. The communists let them dilapidate but didn't destroy them. You see right at the moment dozens of houses beeing renovated, so that I have to come back in 5 to 10 years.

As a fan of music-theaters I wanted to visit the famous and incredibly beautiful Opera House, but they renovated it, too :-(

Nevertheless Odessa is worth a visit, but be prepaired not to find Western-orientated service. Waiters often give you the feeling that you disturb them by entering the restaurants, and in the museums you will miss English titles....

City scene I

On the left you see a typical house in the city-center waiting for renovation.

In front of the house the monument of Marshal Malinowskij can be seen, who fought against Germany in World War II.

City scene II

As already mentioned above, many buildings are beeing renovated now.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Historic city center, hardly any Western tourists
  • Cons:no English titles in museums & brusk service
  • Last visit to Odessa: Aug 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Nataliak's Profile Photo
    Jun 16, 2010 at 2:23 AM

    Hello, Stephan! Thank you for your photos of Odessa. Especially I liked the photo "Akkerman fortress".

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Dec 31, 2008 at 12:10 PM

    Hello, Stephan! You've had a nice trip and have a good knowledge of the city... Good for you!

  • Joseph69's Profile Photo
    Sep 5, 2007 at 10:28 PM

    It appears to be a city worthy of a visit, especially in the summer! I liked your photos and tips. ;) I gather the water for swimming is pretty clean, right? Thanks, Joseph from Australia.

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Dec 23, 2006 at 2:00 PM

    an interesting page bringing back great memories ! ..it is a pity our cruiseship was always only for a few hours in Odessa.....

  • glenn57's Profile Photo
    Mar 31, 2006 at 4:09 PM

    Very informative Odessa pages. I was there in 2004 and loved it, especially the catacombs.

  • Dialing's Profile Photo
    Sep 15, 2004 at 3:13 AM

    Amazed by your Odessa page: so comprehensive descriptions and excellent photos/reviews! Getting inspired :) to continue building Kyiv page :) Best wishes to U!

  • jto's Profile Photo
    Sep 1, 2004 at 12:44 AM

    Very nice pics of the bulidings and nice tips.

  • pinik's Profile Photo
    Sep 1, 2004 at 12:07 AM

    It's interesting to see, you've been to Odessa and Ukraine. Was it a tourist trip? The pictures of Odessa buildings are very nice

  • CALSF's Profile Photo
    Aug 29, 2004 at 1:40 PM

    Thanks for educating me about Odessa. I've heard of it but never realized just how beautiful it is. The pic you have showing the historic city center at night (re: Nightlife tips) reminds me alot of Paris!

  • Kristina1701's Profile Photo
    Aug 27, 2004 at 11:08 AM

    wow didn't know odessa is such a beautiful town!


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