A sight seeing guide to Odessa

Odessa is blessed with numerous beautiful buildings and a fascinating history that you are bound to want to explore. This is a guide to some of the best sight seeing spots in Odessa that you won’t want to miss out on during your time here.

The Potemkin Stairs are one of the most popular tourist attractions in not only Odessa but also in the whole of the Ukraine. They were named after a battleship are the official entry into the city when you come in from the sea. The stairs were built between the years of 1837-1941 to a design from F Boffard.

The next stop after the Potemkin Stairs should be the Odessa Opera and Ballet theatre. This is a magnificent building that was first constructed in the 1800’s and is one of the city’s oldest constructions. Ballets featuring performances by artistes of the calibre of Anna Pavlova and Peter Tchaikovsky have taken place here over the years.

The interior of the theatre is breathtaking, and is decorated in a very rich and distinct style of Louis XVI. To complement this there is also areas of the interior that are done in the Viennese Baroque style and then blended in with elements reminiscent of Italian Renaissance and French rococco.

Another stunning building is the City Hall, which was home at one time to the stock exchange in Odessa. Trading was the main source of many residents income, so it made sense at the time to locate the stock exchange inside of the City Hall.

Another must see is the Svyato-Proebrazjenskiy Cathedral. This outstanding building was constructed to celebrate Odessa’s 100th anniversary, and even though it was built a lot more recently than a lot of the constructions in the city, it is still a stunning piece of architecture that doesn’t look out of place at all.