Statue of the Duc de Richelieu, Odessa

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Statue of the Duc de Richelieu stands dedicated to the city's first mayor appointed by Tsar Alexander І, who transformed Odessa from a sleepy village to the third-greatest city in the empire. In order to show appreciation for 11 years of service, the government and the city's residents built the monument for the French duke in 1826. Sitting at a square atop the Potemkin stairs, this statue serves as one of the city's symbols. At its base, you'll see bronze reliefs and coins from different periods of the empire. Pay attention to the cannonball that hit the structure once--it's now imbedded in the monument. The location offers unmatched views of the port and is also a famous meeting point. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Odessa holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Statue of the Duc de Richelieu and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • There is no English description at this statue, but he lived from 25 September 1766 – 17 May 1822 & served as a ranking officer in the Russian Imperial Army, achieving the grade of major general. Foll...  more »
  • i think the location of the statue in the center of the streets, boulevard and potemkin stairs is what make it unique  more »
  • It is in front of the entrance of the stairs of Potemkin. If you look up from the bottom of the stairs, the height of the statue is close to the person who is going up and down the stairs, so it is not invisible to one of the tourists. I don't think we were aiming for such a visual effect.
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  • Absolutely stunning at night time. I went there at 1am and it felt like everything was glowing under the moonlight. If you want a short romantic walk to help break the ice, this is your place.
  • Magnificent statue very beautiful and locals proud of it. Must see avery one
  • Historical place. Recommend
  • Must see. One of the best view point in Odesa
  • Nice historical are with beautiful old streets and classic architecture
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