We welcome our readers to yet another travel destination and this time around we are taking you to tourist places in Odessa in the Ukraine. What might appeal you the most about this particular destination is not the sandy beaches, the greenery or the leafy landscape; what will appeal you the most is the particular yet very recent history of the place! There are locations in this city that date back to the 13th century but if you truly speak about this state within a state, it came into being in the year 1794. In this article we would like you to see Odessa as the natives see it, to feel Odessa the way the Odesans feel it and trust is, this place with the sunny Mediterranean climate will make you never want to leave. Here are the top ten places for tourists in Odessa.
10. The House with one Wall
We should warn you right at the beginning that Odessa has some of the weirdest tourists spots in the world and the top of the tourist places in Odessa, hands down, goes to the house with one wall. Beware that this house is also known as the Devil’s House, Witch’s House or rather simply, the flat house. The reason is that the weird architecture of the house (which actually has three walls) makes it appear (if caught from the right angle) as if it just has one wall! The house is just a couple of minutes away from the Mother-in-law bridge (yes that’s right) and at first glance, it would appear like quite a normal building.
9. Memorial of the 411th Battery
Next up on our list of tourist places in Odessa comes the brilliant and thought provoking memorial of the 411th battery. This is the place where you get the chance to explore an actual tank, a real life submarine and artillery that is also, we are happy to inform you, very real. This place is now called the Memorial for Heroic Defense of Odessa during World War II. You will also get the chance to see the post-war submarine (the one that was actually used in the war) Maliutka M-296. The place is closed for tourists on Fridays but other than it, it is all yours.
8. Dniester Delta National Park
Next up we come to the Dniester Delta National Park. Hands down the best part about the this park is that it offers you home-made fish as lunch while you spend your day going about the endangered species of plants and animals at the park. Some of these species are actually part of the Red List of Threatened species, a fact that only makes them more special. To help you navigate the park there is a team of guides who are fully committed to the conservation of nature and have a thorough knowledge of the surrounding area. This knowledge will enable them to take your far out to the Beloe Lake and the Turunchuk.
7. Monument to an Orange
We then have the monument to an orange and yes ladies and gentlemen it is an actual monument even though it sounds very peculiar. Believe it or not it were Oranges that once saved Odessa from becoming just another town in the outskirts. During the 19th century when Pavel 1 was ruling Odessa, he stopped funding for the construction work going on in the city and Odessa was slowly going down but the people of the city gifted Pavel 1 with 4000 Greek oranges which the Emperor loved so much that not only did he increase the funding to the city but doubled it in value. And this the monument to the Orange. A great lesson in Odessan history indeed.
6. Make a wish at the Duke
The next destination on our list of tourist places in Odessa we have the statue of Duke de Richelieu. Duke was the governor of Odessa in the year 1803 and he was the one who was responsible in making Odessa one of the largest cities in Russia. With dedication he made a massive difference in the level of development in Odessa which made it a prominent part of the Russian Empire. The statue to commemorate the Duke was installed in the tear 1828 and ever since, the statue is part of the festivals that take place in Odessa. The statue is famous with tourists especially for its stated powers of making wishes come true and also, the money bag that the sculpture holds is supposed to bring your big fortune.
5. Odessa’s Catacombs
We are sure that you have heard all about the catacombs of Paris but as our next entry on tourist places in Odessa we have the cities own catacombs. It is the world’s largest catacomb and the last recorded length was 2500 km. It is not advised to people to go down exploring on their own and most often, there are only a few groups of enthusiasts that you will find exploring the depths of the catacombs.
4. Privoz and 7th Kilometer
The next place for tourists to see in Odessa is called Privoz and 7th kilometer. Both of these places are markets and where Privoz will provide you with the freshest fruits and vegetabls, 7th Kilometer would be a delightful outdoor market which will provide you with everything from furniture to leather goods and row upon row of wedding dresses!
3. Odessa Opera House
For those with a taste for the Opera, the Odessa Opera House would provide you with one of the most entertaining evenings out on the town.
2. The Mother-in-Law Bridge
The next place for tourists to see in Odessa is the hilariously named bridge called mother-in-law. The story is that the Secretary of the Odessa Communist Party in the year 1953 wanted to “bridge” the distance between his mother-in-law with the amazing pancakes and his office which resulted in the construction of this pedestrian bridge. Amazing ain’t it?
1. The Local Eateries
Last but certainly not the least, anywhere you go in Odessa, delicious and wholesome local food will be available to you. There is no vacation that would ever be complete or joyful without the provision of amazing food and apart from all the tourists places in Odessa, food should constitute one of the most anticipated activities.