Slavic at heart, Odessa confirms links to the Eastern Mediterranean.
That fact was called in to question not so long ago, yet Odessa proved to be a former Greek colony in ancient time through various foreign antiques found in the area. Once soaked in the maturity of Greek civilization, Odessa has never abandoned it carrying from the early Kievan Rus' prosperity and on to the Turkish presence during the Ottoman Empire.
Even today Odessa has history tugging at its sleeve and that makes it a charming city to explore. Be it the lap of luxuries or a room in cheap hotel in Odessa all are available at Booked.net. Our listings include maps, photos and secure forms on every hotel.
In the early times when Kievan Rus country served as a cradle of Slavs, empress Catherine the Great established a small seaport in 1794 that would later surpass all her expectations. From a backwater port to the wealthiest of Russian cities, Odessa became a center of international trade, industry, and science.
The forth within the Russian Empire after St. Petersburg, Moscow and Kiev, Odessa hasn't shifted its ground from the front line and nowadays it is still the largest seaport of Ukraine. In addition, the city takes a new role of a seacoast resort that greatly contributed to a population that has tripled to a number of 1.1 million people.
Its sun-baked beaches, mild climate with more than 290 days of sunshine and deep Black Sea waters attract tourists to Odessa's coastline year round and have earned the title of "Southern Palmira." If both sun and sand are usual to seaside resorts, Odessa's optimistic vision is exclusive to the city.
The most atmospheric destination on the Black Sea shore, Odessa always was attractive playground to relocate for both the ordinary and the famous. Thus, along with European merchants such famous personalities as writer Bunin and poet Pushkin made a home in Odessa.
The Odessans are still proud of their cultural heritage as the city has opera, ballet theater, historical museums and astronomical observatory housed in the area.
Museum of Western and Eastern Art, the most interesting art collections all treasured there including paintings by Aivazovsky and Caravaggio
Literature museum traces more than 100 years of Odessa's role in literature
Maritime museum offers a history of Marine Fleet on display
Picture gallery, a former palace of Prince Pototskiy and today features a huge collection of Russian artist paintings
Archaeology museum houses antiques and set around the corner from the literature museum
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