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Primorsky Boulevard, Odessa

Small in size Primorsky Boulevard of Odessa - one of the best urban architectural ensembles of classicism in Ukraine.

Located on a high steep bank, it successfully connects the central part of the city with the sea, representing the front facade of Odessa. This is one of the most beautiful streets in Odessa, a favorite place for walks of local and foreign visitors.

At the end of the XIX century the boulevard was called Nikolaevsky. Not in honor of the emperor, but the Grand Duke Nikolai Nikolaevich, who stayed here at 1877. Between the revolution and the war the boulevard was, of course, named after the revolutionary Feldman.

Construction work on the boulevard began in 1822 in accordance with the design of the architect Potier. In those original outlines, the boulevard has survived to this day. The length of Primorsky Boulevard is only half a kilometer, in the north-west it rests on the Vorontsov Palace, in the southeast - in the Duma. Three plazas, between them are avenues with four rows of centennial plane trees and maples, young chestnuts and limes. On the one hand - a precipice, a port, the sea. On the other hand - a necklace of architectural masterpieces, which were created in the XIX century by the best Odessa and St. Petersburg architects (F. Boffo, F. Gonsiorovsky, F. Frappoli, A. Melnikov, F. Morandi, G. Shevrembrandt). The ensemble of the Primorsky Boulevard was completed by the Potemkin Stairs, which connected the central square of the boulevard and the port. Nowadays, from the boulevard you can also easily get to the Seaport, if you use the funicular.

The main attraction of the boulevard, in addition to the beautiful buildings and Potemkin Stairs - monuments to Duke (duke) de Richelieu and Alexander Pushkin.

Once from the boulevard there was an excellent view of the Odessa Gulf. Nowadays, the trees on the slopes have grown very much, and something can be seen mainly from the upper platform of the Potemkin Stairs.

During the reconstruction of the boulevard 2008, experts of the Odessa archaeological museum discovered the remains of a Greek settlement of the VI-V century BC. This is the foundation of the house, ritual pits with the remains of animals, which were sacrificed. The remains of the basement are placed under the glass dome, and everyone can read them.

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