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Odesa is the sea gate of Ukraine fondly named the pearl of the Black Sea. Now a major seaport, Odesa was founded at the end of the 18th century and quickly became one of the largest cities in the then Russian Empire due to its favorable location.

The architecture of Odesa was manly influenced by the Mediterranean style and also bears traces of French and Italian styles.

Odesa’s most prominent landmark and symbol is the Potemkin Stairs, a giant staircase constructed as a way down from the city to the harbor. At the top of the staircase there is a monument to the first Governor of Odessa, Duke of Richelieu.

The Primorskiy Boulevard, which connects downtown with the sea, features a beautiful architectural ensemble of classicist style. Another important tourist destination, Odessa’s most famous street—Deribasivska, is named after Jose de Ribas, one of the founders of the city.