Potemkin Stairs, Odessa

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  • Address: Odessa, Odessa Oblast, Ukraine, 65000
  • Timings: 24-hrs Details
  • Time Required: 00:20 Mins
  • Tags: Landmark, Family And Kids
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About Potemkin Stairs, Odessa

Originally known as the Richelieu steps, there is no more iconic structure in Odessa. The 27-meter rising and 142-meter long stairway is famous for a handful of reasons. Firstly, it’s designed to exploit an optical illusion: looking up, you can only see the stairs, and looking down, you can only see the landings. Built twice, the last time by English engineer John Upton in 1841, the stairway was brought to the world’s attention by Sergei Eisenstein's 1925 film The Battleship Potemkin. Next to the stairs is a historic 1902 funicular, but most people prefer to climb the steps. At the top of the stairs is the Duke de Richelieu Monument, dedicated to the first Mayor of the city. Sometimes the stairs are used for free open air concerts.

How To reach Potemkin Stairs by Public Transport

  • Funicular Prymors'kyi Blvd - Mors'kyi port stop Mors'kyi port.
  • Buses 10, 155; Shared Taxi 110, 120, 190, 210 stop Morvokzal (The Seaport).
  • By Car

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Things to Know Before Visiting Potemkin Stairs

  • 95% of people who visit Odessa include Potemkin Stairs in their plan

  • 35.28% of people start their Potemkin Stairs visit around 1 PM - 2 PM

  • People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Potemkin Stairs

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday

93.3% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Potemkin Stairs

People normally club together Monument To Catherine Ii and Sailor's Wife while planning their visit to Potemkin Stairs.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

Potemkin Stairs, Odessa Reviews

  • It's one of the biggest stairs in Europe. Its first name was "The Giant Stairs". You can enjoy spectacular view of the port of Odessa from atop of Potemkin Stairs.

  • If you like stairs, you’re gonna love this place. Very romantic. Raced someone up the steps, and was victorious!!! Good views and a very special place.

  • This is the one of main landmarks in Odessa. It is a historic place with many stories from the past and it is place where locals like to spend time. If you are visiting Odessa it is a must see place. At the top of these stairs you will observe a very pleasant view of Odessa sea port terminal as well as Black Sea. Also, at the top of these stairs there is a Primorskii boulevard where you can take a promenade.

  • If you are a tourist you must visit this place.....especially in summers....great view of port and black sea from here...a New Turkish garden has been constructed here which is beautiful and is awesome for good snaps and kids to play....

  • İdk why is it popular. Good if you are coming from sea but not special for standart Tour.

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