Potemkin Stairs, Odessa

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Odessa's best-known city landmark and symbol, Potemkin Stairs also served as the site for a famous early film scene. The 1925 film "Battleship Potemkin" used the steps as the stage for a fictionalized massacre of civilians by Tsarist forces and a naval mutiny on a ship of the same name. You can walk the steps yourself along the seaward-facing entrance to town and see the optical illusion that makes it appear as a continuous staircase or a continuous landing from the bottom and top, respectively. Bring your camera; from the top of the stairs you can get a sweeping view over the bay and harbor. To visit Potemkin Stairs and get the most from your holiday in Odessa, create itinerary details personal to you using our Odessa road trip planning app .
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  • The stairs overlook the Black Sea but it is just good for a photo shot - the park around is serving green shades  more »
  • 192 steps! From the bottom looking up you cannot see the landings and from the top looking down you cannot see the stairs! Constructed with sandstone they make quite the grand welcome. A funicular run...  more »
  • From the monument To Duke you can go down the stairs to the Morvokzal, and back up on the cable car.
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  • The Potemkin Stairs are legendary, but they seem to have lost themselves somewhere along the way. Instead of being an entrance to the city there's just a busy fenced-off road at the bottom, and beyond that there's an eyesore of a construction that ends at the Odessa Hotel. Overrated is the best word I can think of to the describe the stairs in their current environment.
  • Swamped with tourists. Cars at the bottom of the stairs and tourists at the top. It is what it is. Now that I've seen once I'm pretty shure I will never come back. There are countless more nice places all over Odessa.
  • I didn't like them! Yes, they are not beautiful, and let me explain. If it wasn't for the famous Italian movie, i would not even give them importance as they are just a lot of stairs with such a not beautiful view! Although, i did appreciate the effect they have when you try to see the top from the bottom...they seem endless! Anyway, go there, give them a watch and make a selfie, but don't expect more over than a bunch of stairs.
  • Lovely gardens but if you want the best shot of the stairs get it from the bottom looking up. The port buildings are depressingly ugly for such a stunning vista.
  • Newly remodeled stairs are great! The area surrounding the stairs is a new park with lots of benches and sites to see. Pleasant experience for sure. There is also a children's playground that's clean and new!
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