The Hotel Odessa

The Hotel Odessa which can accommodate a hundred and fifty visitors. Built in 1893, its architect Yuri Dmitrenko took pains to make it blend with the general ensemble of the boulevard. The entrance takes the form of an open loggia. The facade is in the style of the early Renaissance, with three vertical projections and…

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Potemkin stairs

The famous Potemkin stairs leading from the square to the sea and Ulitsa Suvorova (Suvorov St.) was designed in 1825 by F. Boffo. The actual construction lasted from 1837 to 1841. Initially the steps were built out of a greenish-grey sandstone brought especially for that purpose from Trieste, but as the years passed erosion took…

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The colonnade

The building on the left side was built in 1829-1830, and could be regarded as a mirror image of the one on the right, with only a few minor differences, but its classical style was changed considerably during the second half of the 19th century when it was adapted as a hotel and balconies were…

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The Palace of Pioneers and Schoolchildren, named after the young hero of the war-time underground Yasha Gordiyenko.

The Palace was built in 1826 to 1827 by the architect F. Boffo in the style of Russian classicism. It used to be the official residence o Count M. Vorontsov, the Governor-General of the Novorossiisk Area, of which Odessa was then the centre, and which included the steppe-regions of the Ukraine, the Crimea, Bessarabia and…

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International Ties

Odessa is one of the many Ukraine cities that belong to the World Federation of Twin Towns. It maintains friendly ties with thirteen towns in different parts of the world-most of them being coastal like itself. They are Varna in Bulgaria, Segled in Hungary, Constanta in Romania, Split in Yugoslavia, Marseille in France, Yokohama in…

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Odessa as a Science.

Odessa as a Science. The scientists of Odessa are making a notable contribution to many fields of science, technology and medicine, including plant selection and genetics, the biology of the southern seas and microbiology, chemistry, physics, astronomy and the social science. Thanks to its highly-qualified science personnel, Odessa has become a major science centre of…

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Odessa as an Industrial Centre

Odessa has a well-developed industry. Its branches include the engineering and machine tool, metal-working, road and transport machinery, chemical, radio, light and food industry. Odessa is also an important ship-repair centre of the Black Sea area. The city occupies a notable place in the national economic complex. It produces metal-cutting machine tools, forge and press…

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The war in Odessa

Then came March, 1944, when Soviet forces were moving indomitably to the West. After the defeat at Stalingrad and then on the Kursk Salient, the German troops were rolling back. They still made attempts to launch the odd counter-offensive, but the days of Hitler’s fascism were nearly over. The job of liberating Odessa fell to…

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The Great Patriotic War

The fascist armies entered the city left by the Soviet forces towards the evening of October 16th and the dark days of occupation began. Right from the start the occupation authorities issued orders depriving the local population of all civil rights. They were forbidden to leave their homes without special passes, a night curfew was…

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The Great Patriotic War (the Heroic Defence of Odessa, the Partisan Movement, the Liberation of the City)

The Great Patriotic War (the Heroic Defence of Odessa, the Partisan Movement, the Liberation of the City) On June 22nd, 1941, nazi Germany attacked the Soviet Union in violation of the 1939 non-aggression Pact. By that time German imperialism had at its service practically the entire economic potential of conquered Europe, and it was out…

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Brief History

From the Founding of the City and up to the Revolution (1794-1917) Odessa is comparatively young and was founded at the end of the 18th century, but the history of the north-west coast of the Black Sea on which the city is situated goes much further back. In the 1st millennium B.C. and the beginning…

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Odessa

The city of Odessa lies on the Black Sea coast in the Bay of Odessa, at the point where the sea and steppe meet. It has a population of over one million – Ukrainians, Moldavians, Bulgarians, Jews, Belorussians and others-more than forty nationalities in all. The city occupies a territory of 160 square kilometers. Odessa…

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