Potemkin Stairs, Odessa

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Address: Odessa, Odessa Oblast, Ukraine, 65000

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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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Potemkin Stairs, Odessa Reviews

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  • 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....

  • Looks just like in the film, quite close to the city centre and docks. Tourist information at foot of steps, narrow gauge railway for those who are too pooped to walk. Bright boulevard at the top area and some Greek architectural remains with information boards. Cafes in the area and mini-tour busses.

  • Gateway to Odessa through Black sea This picture I took at top of Potemkin Stairs, and from there we can see black sea, Odessa Hotel and Voronstov Lighthouse. From this place view of Port is fantastic. On the otherside once we turned over view of city is fantastic. And its true that this stairs are built to create optical illusion. When we look down only see landings and stairs are invisible, and looking up we can see only stairs landing is invisible. At the starting point there we can find one shop for buying gift items, this shop has variety of items which are reasonably priced and affordable. At the same time on top also you will find few people standing with souvenirs of Odessa. I bought few small items for memories to keep. Mostly these souvenirs are of Odessa opera house and Lighthouse. And once we reach on top of stairs, there we find the statue of Duc de Richelieu who served as city's Governor for few years and founder of modern Odessa

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