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Visiting Potemkin Stairs Odessa

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From the epic movie Battleship Potemkin (1925) by Sergei Eisenstein, the Potemkin Stairs (Potemkinskaya Lestnitsa) in Ukraine's third largest city Odessa, is the city's most iconic symbol. It's a vast staircase located on the seaward side of the city and formally functions as the entrance into the harbor from the direction of the sea. Odessa being perched on a high steppe plateau, needed direct access to the harbor below it. Before the stairs were constructed, winding paths and crude wooden stairs were the only access to the harbor.

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Take the Giant Staircase of Odessa (Potemkin) Tour For Your Best Experience

Take the Giant Staircase of Odessa (Potemkin) Tour For Your Best Experience

Odessa Funicular

Odessa Funicular

The Odessa Funicular (Ukrainian: Одеський фунікулер) is not technically a funicular, but rather a double inclined lift.the Ukrainian city of Odessa. Located in the old town, the central city district, the line starts at the Primorsky Boulevard (Primorsky Bulvar), in which lies the upper station, that is close to the Opera Theater. The line and ends at Primorska Street (Prymorska Vulitsya), by the Black Sea coastline. The lower station, 'Morsky Port', lies in front of the city port and is next to the port's railway station. Originally built with a single track and a passing loop in the middle, it has now two metre gauge tracks, and runs for 130 metres (430 ft), alongside the Potemkin Stairs and the Stambulsky Park. Each car has capacity for 12 passengers and the ride takes 3.5 minutes.

Duke de Richelieu Monument

Duke de Richelieu Monument

At the top of the stairs is the Duke de Richelieu Monument, depicting Odessa's first Mayor. The Roman-toga figure was designed by the Russian sculptor, Ivan Petrovich Martos (1754–1835). The statue was cast in bronze by Yefimov and unveiled in 1826. It is the first monument erected in the city

Primorsky Boulevard

Primorsky Boulevard

Small in size, just half a kilometer long, the Primorsky (Seaside) Boulevard, like an open air museum, offers its exhibits. It does not matter which corner of the boulevard you may have, you will have a meeting with exciting past and real art. Primorsky (Seaside) Boulevard – another street of Odessa, captured in the film industry forever. A musical comedy of the same name directed by A. Polynnikova perfectly conveys a cheerful and light mood of Primorsky (Seaside) Boulevard. The Primorsky Boulevard starts from the old stock exchange building that is rightly called one of the most beautiful sights of the city and ends with wonderful architectural ensemble of the Vorontsov Palace.

Potemkin Stairs Odessa Tips and Tricks

How to Get Tickets?

To have Potemkin Stairs Tour, you do not need any tickets or admission. It is a public space that you can visit anytime

How To Get Around?

The best way to have Potemkin Stairs Tour and experience the scale and majesty of the stairs, and to enjoy the fantastic views, is to stroll up and down the staircase. A cable railway that works from 8 a.m. until 11p.m. can assist those who cannot walk the stairs.

What Should I Wear?

There is no fixed dress code that you need to follow to have Potemsin Stairs Tour. Just wear comfortable clothes and shoes so that you can walk around and climb up the stairs in comfort.

Potemkin Stairs Odessa Facts

Best Time to Visit

Potemkin Stairs Tour can be done any time. It opens for 24 hours.


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Will I Need a Guide?

No, it is very easy to go around Potemkin Stairs. If you need some information, you can find it easily from local people there.

How To Get There?

There are two ways to reach the upper city of Odessa from the port. One can take the funicular or walkup the 192 steps from bottom to top. From Prymorsky Boulkevard, you ccan have a lovely walk that ends at the city hall.

Additional Info

There are around 192 steps in Potemkin Stairs. For those who want to climb up the stairs, better to have fit body condition. If you think you are not fit enough, there is a funicular on the side of Potemkin stairs to reach the top.