Top 20 Sights of Odessa, which everyone should see
You can’t get enough of Odessa – every time it opens in a new way. We know that among you there are those who have never been in this city by the sea. To be honest we’re even a little jealous, because you’re about to experience the most vivid emotions from your first meeting with the beautiful, atmospheric, light and at the same time deep Odessa.
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Where to go in Odessa and what to see, read in this material.
The acquaintance with the city, of course, start with Deribasovskaya Street. It is the main street and the symbol of the city. Take a leisurely stroll, admire the architectural details and listen to the street musicians.
The concentration of bars and restaurants per square meter is staggering. Pick a place to pass by, sit near a window, and watch people pass by. In the summertime Deribasovskaya is full of people, especially in the afternoon and in the evening. So, if you want to see this beautiful pedestrian street deserted, come early in the morning.
From Deribasovskaya you will get to the Gorsad, the oldest park in the legendary Odessa. Some of the trees here, by the way, are more than 200 years old.
What should you do in Gorsad? Make an appointment with friends, hunt for a free bench, throw a coin into the fountain, watch passersby from the Rotunda, take a photo near the “Tree of Love” and sit on the 12th chair.
Address: In the perimeter of Deribasovskaya Street, Gavannaya Street, Preobrazhenskaya Street, the main entrance from Deribasovskaya Street.
Working time: 24 hours a day.
Entrance: free of charge.
Want a perfect selfie? You’re going to the Passage! Beautiful sculptures, moldings on the walls, a glass roof … On the scale of decoration Passage, created in the XIX century, there is no equal in the whole Odessa.
On the first floor of the building there are souvenir shops, stores and cafes, while the other floors are occupied by the hotel with the same name. In fact, the Passage is a shopping center, but it looks like a majestic museum with a peaceful atmosphere. In the courtyard of the Passage is cozy and quiet, there you can hide from the heat in summer and from the cold wind in winter.
Address: Entrance from 33 Deribasovskaya street or 34 Preobrazhenskaya street.
Odessa Opera House
Chic, glitter, beauty! The Odessa Opera House is one of the most beautiful theaters in Europe. Its building is made in the style of the Viennese Baroque, and the auditorium – in the late French Rococo style. In the horseshoe-shaped hall the acoustics are unique, in every corner even a whisper can be clearly heard.
To immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the theater as much as possible, take a ticket to one of the productions. If you come in advance, you can take a photo in the interior of the Opera House without tourists in the background.
Not a fan of opera? Then visit the iconic theater with a guided tour. You’ll learn more details about the theater and can go down into the dungeon of the Opera House.
Address: Tchaikovsky Lane, 1.
Current repertoire: here.
Among the top sights of Odessa, of course, the Potemkin Stairs. It has 192 steps and is one of the ten most beautiful in all of Europe.
There is always a lot of activity on Potemkinskaya. In summer, the steps turn into spectator stands. There are concerts, movies and fireworks. There is also an annual marathon on the stairs. The record time is 22 seconds!
Address: Seaside Boulevard.
The stairs lead to Seaside Boulevard, which offers a gorgeous view of the harbor and luxury yachts. It is a popular atmospheric spot. Not only tourists but also locals love strolling here in the evening.
Near the Potemkin Stairs is the Greek Park, opened last year. The main Instagram attraction of the park is the fountain “The Beginnings”. It is made in the form of a huge head, decorated with a wreath, from which the water flows.
Address: Seaside Boulevard.
Opposite the Greek – on the other side of the Potemkin Stairs – is Istanbul Park (called so because the money for its reconstruction was allocated by the Istanbul Municipality). Many people take pictures against the background of large white letters Odessa Istanbul. Also Instagram looks grotto-shaped fountain, a new paved alley and manicured lawn.
Planning to go to Odessa with children? Istanbul Park has a great free playground with swings and slides that the little ones will definitely appreciate.
Address: Seaside Boulevard.
The house with one wall
If you look at the landmark of the city, located on Vorontsovsky Lane, at a certain angle, you get the impression that the house has only one wall. In fact there are three of them. The absence of one of the pillars can be explained by a banal lack of funds. Locals say that this house was built for a couple of lovers.
Address: per. Vorontsovsky Lane, 4.
Not far from the “Langeron” beach there is Shevchenko Park with its shady alleys, benches with souvenirs, benches and a lunar park. There is a huge Ferris wheel, from which you can see Odessa as seen by the birds.
Address: Marzalievskaya Street.
An open-air stage, food court, playground, hammocks, deckchairs and other joys are available at the Green Theater near Shevchenko Park. In summer concerts, festival films, lectures, workshops and yoga classes are organized here.
This modern space appeared not so long ago, but is firmly in love with itself and the guests and locals. Odessans love the Green Theatre for the opportunity to spend a cool time, be inspired by nature and relax, forgetting about everything around you.
The theater opens its doors with the beginning of the summer season. And at the end of September goes on vacation.
Address: 34 Marzalievskaya Street.
Odessa Catacombs are 2500 km of underground tunnels, which are partially interconnected in the form of a large-scale maze. Amazing passages were formed during the extraction of limestone for the construction of the old Odessa.
There are a lot of legends about the Odessa catacombs, so it will be interesting not only to look, but also to listen. Be sure to dive as part of the tour. It is safer and much more interesting. During this expedition we learned that it is possible to rent the catacombs. In one of the rooms underground you can celebrate the New Year, or even a wedding, or your arrival to this wonderful city.
The Route of Health
If you’re good and you’re active in sports even on vacation, you’re welcome to the Health Route. It is a 6 km asphalt road stretching over the beaches. Go for a run or a bike ride, and you will have a lot of excitement and views.
There is also an electric car that takes you from Arcadia to Langeron and back.
St. Paul’s Lutheran Cathedral
St. Paul’s Cathedral, known as the Kirche, is an architectural masterpiece and a functioning Lutheran church where you can listen to the soul-penetrating organ, among other things. By the way, recently modern concerts have been held here. Not so long ago, a concert of the soloist of the band Fleur took place in this cathedral.
Address: Novoselsky Street, 68.
Your impression of the city will be incomplete if you will not visit Odessa patios. There you can see everything from fat cats and miniature Eiffel Tower, to old wells and sagging spiral staircases with the stamps of the old workshops.
Odessa Art Museum
The museum has over 10 thousand works. These are paintings, graphics, sculpture and decorative and applied art. Here you can see the works of Aivazovsky, Levitan, Rerikh, Kuindzhi, Vrubel and many others.
Especially for the 120th anniversary of the Odessa Art Museum, Snapchat created the lenses of augmented reality for two paintings and one sculpture from the collection. Using the application and a special code, you can, for example, see the movement of waves in the picture of Aivazovsky.
Address: Sofievskaya street, 5 A.
Working time: Wednesday-Monday from 10:30 to 17:30.
Entrance: from 20 to 50 UAH depending on the exposure.
If you are visiting Odessa, be sure to come here. Of course you can walk through the museum on your own, but it is better to take a tour. You will learn a lot of interesting things about the types of contraband and the ways it got to Odessa.
It should be noted that the museum exhibits are not originals, but moulages, but still the impression of what you see and hear is breathtaking. Here are also sold great souvenirs. Moreover, here they are much cheaper than in the outlets in the center of Odessa.
Address: 6, Yekaterininskaya Street.
Working time: Saturday-Sunday from 11:00 to 21:00.
Entrance: 40 grn.
To see the heart and soul of Odessa, to hear its voice, head for the main market of the city – Privoz, which appeared in 1827. Here you can feel the real spirit of the city and get acquainted with the famous Odessa accent, in which the language and accents of different peoples are intertwined.
According to the locals, you can buy everything and even a little more at the market. And to fully experience the atmosphere of Privoz, you should bargain. Haggle like you did it for the last time.
Address: 14, Privoznaya Street.
City food market
The 1200 m2 space is located in a historic building with authentic ceilings and stained glass windows. It’s a meeting place for different culinary cultures, people of all speeds of life and the balance on the bank card. The food market not only offers great food and drinks, but also a concert, dancing and a good time with friends.
“Eat, Drink, Dance!” – with these words the City Food Market welcomes its guests and introduces the gastronomic wealth of Odessa, its tastes and colors.
Now the market is under reconstruction, but they promise to open it to the public soon.
Address: 9A, Rishelievskaya street.
The main attraction of Odessa is the sea. To meet it and talk about important things for a while, go to any beach you can find your way to. If you’re planning to go to Odessa in summer and want to sunbathe, swim and eat delicious corn, read our selection of the best beaches.
The 25 Top Sights of Odessa
Odessa is a port city, a resort city that welcomed adventurous and talented migrants from France, Italy and the rest of Europe with open arms. Their creative activity is reflected today in the architectural outlines of Odessa. Here, every street and house has its own special family story-sometimes intriguing and funny, and sometimes quite sad.
The combination of the beautiful sea air, the sunny climate of the Black Sea coast, and the stunning hospitality of local residents make Odessa a popular vacation destination. In the summer months the city is filled with motley cheerful masses of tourists. People walk along the promenades until morning and enjoy the romantic sounds of the sea surf, sunbathe on the beaches and enjoy visiting the historical sites of Odessa.
What to see and where to go in Odessa?
The most interesting and beautiful places to walk. Photos and a brief description.
Odessa Opera and Ballet Theater.
Odessa was the third city in the Russian Empire, where the theater appeared. The first building was built in 1810, but a few decades later it burned down. The next appeared in the late 19th century and is still working. The building was erected in the style of Viennese baroque, the auditorium is unique in its acoustics and is decorated with elements of French baroque.
Monument to the Duke de Richelieu
In the 19th century, Duke de Richelieu emigrated to the Russian Empire during the French Revolution, and for a time served as governor of Odessa. He is considered to be one of the founders of Odessa. The monument was unveiled in 1828 at the initiative of the current governor Count Lanjeron. The sculpture was created by F. Boffo and I. Martos. The monument adorns the Primorsky Boulevard of Odessa.
The staircase existed even before the appearance of Odessa, and led to the top of the hill, where there was a Turkish fortress. After the territory became part of the Russian Empire, the staircase was reconstructed under the architect F. Boffo. During the last restoration in 1933 some platforms were asphalted, parapets were lined with pink granite and the staircase lost 8 steps.
One of the central streets of Odessa, a popular city landmark. Originally it was named after Admiral Jose de Ribas, who participated in the construction of Odessa port. The street consists of a cobblestone sidewalk, which gradually descends to the sea. Deribasovskaya Street is mainly dominated by buildings of the XIX century. In the parks and on the sidewalks there are various monuments.
One of the most picturesque streets of Odessa, a favorite place for promenade citizens and tourists. The avenue is planted with chestnut, maple, plane, and linden trees, which gives it a romantic “landscape” look. Seaside Boulevard is built up with buildings in the style of the Italian Renaissance and classicism. Slightly spoil the view of the buildings of the Soviet period. The street is the front facade of Odessa and looks very nice from the sea.
The residence of Governor-General M. Vorontsov, built in 1834. The building underwent serious damage during the Crimean War. The bombardment of the Anglo-French squadron turned it into ruins. Subsequently, the palace was restored and continued to be used as the governor’s residence, and later a men’s gymnasium was opened on its premises. During the Soviet era, it served as a center for children’s art and education.
The neo-Gothic palace on Gogol Street was called the “Shah’s Palace”, because the Persian Shah Muhammad Ali once stayed there. The ruler fled to Odessa after the revolutionary events in Iran. The mansion is a mid-nineteenth-century building, built for Polish aristocrat Z. Brzhozovsky. Nowadays it houses the office of a private company.
This is the most famous Orthodox cathedral in Odessa. At the beginning of XX century it was the largest Orthodox Church in the Russian Empire. At the same time the service could be attended by up to 9,000 people. Here were buried the remains of M. Vorontsov and his wife. In 1936 the building was blown up by the Soviet authorities. Cathedral was fully restored in 2000s, and the remains of the Vorontsov family were returned to their original place.
Holy Dormition Monastery
The monastery grew out of the early 19th century bishopric. In 1922 the Soviet government decided to confiscate property and blow up the temples, but the monastery still existed, although representatives of the schismatic movement settled in its territory. In 1944 the monastery was completely revived, and since 1946 it was the summer residence of the head of the Russian Orthodox Church.
Odessa Museum of Western and Eastern Art
The museum was founded in 1923, and was based on private collections. Later the museum funds were replenished by Kiev Museum of Western and Oriental Art, and Petersburg State Hermitage Museum. Nowadays it is one of the largest art collections in Ukraine. Here are represented the art of the East, Western Europe and the ancient historical period.
Odessa Art Museum
The exhibition is located in the Potocki Palace, an architectural monument of the 19th century in the classical style. The museum was opened in 1899 by the Odessa Society of Fine Arts. The first exhibits were passed from the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts. Nowadays the museum collections include icons, paintings, graphic art, collections of decorative and applied arts.
The museum was founded in 1825 on the basis of a private collection. Here is the largest collection of archaeological artifacts of ancient culture of the Northern Black Sea coast. There are also exhibits from Ancient Egypt, ancient Greece and Rome. Especially interesting are the collections of objects made of precious metals, decorations from Scythian and Sarmatian burial mounds and luxury items, recovered from nomadic mounds.
The house on Primorsky Boulevard has a rather interesting architectural design. If you look at it from a certain angle, it will seem as if the structure has no side walls. This effect was achieved thanks to the triangular layout of the building (this trick was implemented due to lack of funds for construction). Local residents nicknamed the building “Witch House”.
The building is recognized as one of the most picturesque in Odessa and the most successful creation of architect L. Vlodek. The facade of the building is decorated with figures of two Atlanteans, carrying on their shoulders the vault of heaven. These figures are not bas-reliefs, they constitute an independent sculptural group. Before the revolution the building belonged to the Falz-Fein family, who were honorary citizens of Odessa.
Architectural monument of XIX-XX centuries, located at the intersection of Preobrazhenskaya and Deribasovskaya Streets. On the territory of the complex there is a hotel and shopping malls. The roof of the building is decorated with a real steam locomotive. Passage’s interior resembles the interiors of the Moscow GUM. Before the Revolution of 1917 the most prestigious and expensive stores were located here in Odessa.
Bolshaya Moskovskaya Hotel
The hotel was built during the “hotel boom” of the early XX century, when a large number of tenement houses were built. Every trading company, which had free capital, wanted to invest in the construction of the next hotel. “Bolshaya Moskovskaya” was built at the expense of “Dementiev and Co. This luxurious Art Nouveau building became one of the most popular hotels in Odessa.
Historical hotel of the late XIX century (5 stars according to the modern classification). The building was built by the project of A. Minkus and A. Bernardazzi. After finishing the construction “Bristol” immediately gained fame as the most luxurious hotel in Odessa. In the period from 2002 to 2010 the building was closed for reconstruction. As a result of the restoration works the historical appearance of the XIX century was completely restored.
The system of underground tunnels and labyrinths, the total length of which is about 2500 km. The catacombs appeared at the beginning of the construction of the city in the XVIII century. Earlier there were quarries, where limestone was extracted. Odessa catacombs are considered to be the most complex, long and mysterious in the world. Until now, many parts of the underground passages have not yet been fully explored.
Pedestrian bridge, which connects Zhvanetsky Boulevard and Primorsky Boulevard. The name “Teddy’s Bridge” was invented by the citizens. During Soviet times there was a legend, as if the passage was built specifically for the first secretary of the Odessa Regional Committee, to make it easier for him to visit his mother-in-law through the ravine. On this place the newlyweds traditionally hang iron locks, symbolizing the strong marriage bonds.
The history of the market is inextricably linked to the history of trade development in Odessa. This marketplace was founded in 1827. There were mainly traded imported goods, that’s why the market has such a name. In the early 2000s the general reconstruction was carried out. As a result, new office buildings and modern shopping malls appeared.
It is a city amusement park, equipped according to the latest technological developments in the field. There are entertainments both for the youngest children and their adult parents. Visitors are amused by clowns, cartoon characters and other fabulous creatures. The park has a roller coaster, a Ferris wheel, fun mazes, and many kinds of carousels.
The city park, where in the past there was a boiling life of Odessa society. The garden was founded by Felix de Ribas in the early 19th century. On the territory there is a musical pavilion, a summer theater, several monuments and sculptures, a fountain. The city garden was renewed and reconstructed in 2007. The park continues to play a role of a favorite place for recreation and walks.
Odessa City Dolphinarium
Dolphinarium “Nemo” is located next to the “Langeron” beach and was opened in 2005. It is a multifunctional entertainment complex, which includes an oceanarium, hotel, restaurant chain, beaches and a dolphin therapy center. Nemo constantly hosts exciting shows with dolphins and romantic night shows Visitors can also swim with these amazing animals.
A resort area in Odessa, located within the Primorsky District. Arcadia is the center of vacation life of the city. Here are located countless restaurants, hotels, nightclubs and walking streets. The local beach is the most comfortable in Odessa, as it has a natural gently sloping slope. In the high season in Arcadia there is a lot of life around the clock, and the noisy streets do not stop for a minute.
A monument to a sailor’s wife
The memorial depicts a beautiful young woman with a child in her arms. It is placed on the Odessa embankment in memory of the sailors who have not returned from the battles. The monument was installed in 2002 in the Odessa port area. Quite quickly the modest monument has become a city landmark, where many tourists love to take pictures.
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