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Potemkin Steps, Odessa

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Odessa's best-known city landmark and symbol, Potemkin Steps 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 Steps and get the most from your holiday in Odessa, create itinerary details personal to you using our Odessa itinerary planner.
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  • The past 5 years I visit Odessa a lot and last month i was surprised by the renovation and creation of the Istanbul park next to the stairs. The park is lively for walks, picknic and to enjoy the grea...  more »
  • When I told friends about my upcoming visit to Odessa, the sight most people associated with this city were the Potemkin Steps. It probably has a lot to do with the silent movie 'The Battleship Potemk...  more »
  • Famous from Eisenstein's film. Take a second look at the Richelieu statue and its brass reliefs. Gunshot impacts... Nearby a British naval gun, a trophy from the Crimean war. Small funicular brings yo...  more »

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Despite its popularity with both domestic and foreign visitors, Odessa offers plenty of comfortable lodging options even at the peak of the tourist season. Spread all over the city, affordable rental apartments offer spacious rooms loaded with modern amenities. The city center boasts several five-star hotels, featuring indoor pools, spa facilities, and in-house boutique shops. At walking distance from this area, choose from more budget-friendly guesthouses and hostels, most of which provide complimentary Wi-Fi and secure luggage storage.
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