Potemkin Stairs, Odessa

Potemkin Stairs in Odessa is one of the ten most beautiful stairs in Europe. Huge and monumental, colossal and directed into the sky ... As soon as the authors did not write in their works about the Potemkin Stairs, which can be safely called not only a symbol of Odessa, but also one of the most striking sights of Ukraine.

Potemkin Staircase, designed in 1825 by architects Abraham Melnikov, Francesco Boffo and Potier, and built 15 years later, according to the plan of its creators, was supposed to provide Odessa, which is on an elevation, access to the port by connecting the blue of the sea and the sky. The creation of architects consisted of exactly 200 steps, consisted of 10 spans and was built so that the base of the staircase was much larger in width than its upper part. As a result of using this trick, when looking at this architectural masterpiece from the top down, there is no usual illusion of narrowing, and if you look at the ladder from the bottom, its steps (the flyway platforms are not visible) seem simply endless.

Strict, laconic and beautiful in its elegant simplicity, this staircase, which today is one of the ten most beautiful staircases in Europe, for a long time had no official name. And only at the end of the 50-ies of the last century it was named after it, which brought it world fame. Many mistakenly believe that the Potemkin Stairway owes its name to the famous favorite of Catherine II, who in fact has only an indirect relation to the name. The staircase began to be called Potemkin after the publication of the legendary film "The Battleship Potemkin" by Sergey Eisenstein, the footage from which (including the episode with the wheelchair rolling on the steps) has long become a classics of cinema.

As a result of the development of the urban infrastructure, the pristine appearance of the Potemkin Stairs had to be slightly modified. The appeared Primorsky street "ate" near the Odessa landmarks several lower steps, which fell asleep elementary. So nowadays the Potemkin Staircase has 192 steps.

The city authorities also took care of those who do not wish to overcome this distance - a funicular was built next to the stairs.

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