An historic port on the Black Sea
Relatively new as European cities go, Odessa was founded in 1794 by Catherine the Great, and became an important commercial and cultural center, and the Black Sea's greatest seaport.
Two famous sites claim the interests of most visitors: The neo-baroque Odessa Opera and Ballet Theater is considered one of the world's finest opera houses, with unique acoustics in its luxurious rococo hall, that allow even a whisper from the stage to be heard in every corner. The Odessa Steps were the set for an iconic scene in motion picture history, in a scene from the Battleship Potemkin, where hundreds of citizens were killed on the great stone steps.
Built in 1837, the steps are a wonderful place to view the harbor. A monument to the Duke de Richelieu overlooks the grand staircase. The historic landmark was immortalized in Sergey Eisenstein’s classic film “The Battleship Potemkin”.
Considered by many to be the most famous and elaborate buildings in Odessa, the Opera House is regarded as one of the best in Europe. The décor is Viennese Baroque with elements of Italian Renaissance and French Rococo.
En route to the Archaeology Museum—the first museum of its kind in the former Russian Empire–view the stunning Odessa Opera House. Proceed to Prymorsky Boulevard with the sweep of the Potemkin Steps to the Palace of Count Pototsky, housing the massive Odessa Fine Arts Museum.About Land Discoveries + Book Now +