Odessa. Odessa is a beautiful city in the South of Ukraine, located on the Black Sea coast. Odessa is an administrative center of the Odessa Region, major seaport as well as economic, commercial, tourist and cultural center.
Odessa city is the third largest city in Ukraine after the nation’s capital, Kiev, and Kharkov.
Odessa is a multiethnic city. It hosts a big number of nationalities, as a result, Odessa is the most multinational city in Ukraine.
The multinational character of Odessa has influenced the architecture of public buildings, reflecting the Mediterranean style of classical architecture and in the planning of buildings and facade compositions, the Italian and French decor is felt on each step.
In 2009, the historical center of the port city of Odessa was officially listed in the preliminary World Heritage list of UNESCO.
There are many theaters and museums in Odessa, a lot of them have a long and interesting history. The Odessa National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet (Opera house) is the biggest and the most famous theatre in Odessa. The building has unique and well-known architecture. In 2011 the popular magazine “Forbes” included the Odessa Opera House into a list of the most important sights in Eastern Europe.
Odessa’s most iconic symbol, the Potemkin Stairs, is rightfully acknowledged as one of the most beautiful staircases in Europe.
Odessa is one of the major ports and an important center of industry, science, and culture. Her mild climate, warm waters, and sunlit beaches attract thousands of tourists year around.
Russian is the primary language spoken in Odessa, however, Ukrainian is the official language and many advertisements and signs are written in it. English is the most widely used tourist language.