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Potemkin Stairs, Odessa

Potemkin Stairs, Odessa (must see)

The Potemkin Stairs, or Primorsky Stairs, are considered a formal entrance into the city from the direction of the sea and are the best known symbol of Odessa. The staircase is 27 meters high, and extends for 142 meters, but it gives the illusion of greater length. The stairs were designed to create an optical illusion. A person looking down the stairs sees only the landings, and the steps are invisible, but a person looking up sees only steps, and the landings are invisible. A secondary illusion creates false perspective since the stairs are wider at the bottom than at the top. Looking up the stairs makes them seem longer than they are and looking down the stairs makes them seem not so long.

The original 200 stairs were designed in 1825 by Francesco Boffo, St. Petersburg architects Avraam I. Melnikov and Pot'e. The staircase cost 800,000 rubles to build. In 1837, the decision was made to build a "monstrous staircase", which was constructed between 1837 and 1841. An English engineer named John Upton constructed the stairs. After the Soviet revolution, in 1955 the Primorsky Stairs were renamed Potemkin Stairs to honor the 50th anniversary of the Battleship Potemkin uprising. After Ukrainian independence, the Potemkin Stairs, like many streets in Odessa, were given back their original name, the Primorsky Stairs. Most Odessites still know and refer to the stairs by their Soviet name.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Potemkin Stairs on Map

Sight Name: Potemkin Stairs
Sight Location: Odessa, Ukraine
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Odessa, Ukraine

Create Your Own Walk in Odessa

Create Your Own Walk in Odessa

Creating your own self-guided walk in Odessa is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Downtown Odessa Tour

Downtown Odessa Tour

Downtown Odessa is the heart of this city, where you will find the most prominent attractions and wonderful landmarks. There are numerous monuments of important personalities in the city, beautiful sculptures and gorgeous buildings. Take the next self-guided tour and discover Odessa’s Downtown!

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.8 Km or 0.5 Miles
Odessa Introduction Walk

Odessa Introduction Walk

Odessa is the marvel of a city on the Black Sea shore and a true tourist mecca. Rich in history, it abounds in splendid architecture - buildings, fountains, monuments, statues, and more. Follow this walking tour to explore the most notable sights of Odessa.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 Km or 2.2 Miles
Top Religious Buildings

Top Religious Buildings

Odessa is a prominent Orthodox center in Ukraine, and it will impress you by its old churches and beautiful architecture. The city is also home to a number of fine religious buildings of non-Orthodox beliefs. This walking tour will guide you through some of Odessa's best known places of worship.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.0 Km or 3.1 Miles
Odessa's Museums and Galleries

Odessa's Museums and Galleries

Odessa is a prominent cultural centre in Ukraine, famous for its fascinating museums. Informative and interesting, they will tell you a lot of interesting things about the city’s history, sea life, prominent historic personalities, fine art and rich culture. Take the following self-guided tour to discover the most interesting museums in Odessa!

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 Km or 1 Miles
Odessa Primorsky Bоulevard Walking Tour

Odessa Primorsky Bоulevard Walking Tour

Primorsky Boulevard is one of the most prominent streets in Odessa, starting at Dumskaya Square and ending at Vorontsov’s Palace. This popular tourist attraction and wonderful sight is home to several monuments, and is a valuable landmark from an architectural, archaeological and historical points of view. This walking tour will guide you through amazing sights of Odessa.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.7 Km or 0.4 Miles
Odessa's Cultural Venues

Odessa's Cultural Venues

Odessa is home to a number of excellent art museums, where you will find outstanding artworks of local and international artists. In this wonderful city used to live many prominent personalities and artists, including Pushkin, Roerich and others. This self-guided tour will lead you to the most interesting and creative museums in the city.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 Km or 2.1 Miles