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Potemkin Steps

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Address: Primorsky Boulevard, Odessa, Ukraine
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Just steps...

Was here with my girlfriend and walked around that place, i can`t say that this place is something awesome, but it`s "must-see" place in the city!

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Was here with my girlfriend and walked around that place, i can`t say that this place is something awesome, but it`s "must-see" place in the city!

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Odessa, Ukraine
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Stairs is now under the reconstruction and due to a silly and corrupted city authorities they are now near to be lost forever. City department made a contract with a company that doesnt have an experience of making such works, so now this 130-year monument is destroying. And for sure they will not finish till summer. Now it is... More 

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Tbilisi, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Go to the top of the stairs and look down. Now go down the stairs and look up. I say no more. You will notice it by yourself :)

Thank prefectus
London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a review for warning, the Potemkin steps are closed for renovation at the moment so if you want to see them make sure they have finished the renovation

Thank Ricardo B
The Hague, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017

My visit to these stairs was disappointing as the stairs were currently under construction. I'm not sure if the will look any better or very impressive when the work is done but I have no high expectations. Still, as the historical value is high (and the attractions is) worth a visit.

Thank mmverkuijlen
State of Rio de Janeiro
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2017

The 192 steps of Potemkin is a historical site due to the movie. Potemkin stairs were designed to create na optical illusion. A person looking down sees only the landings, the steps are invisible, but a person looking up sees only steps, and the landings are invisible. Stairs are also wider at the bottom than at the top which adds... More 

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Nova Scotia, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

Arriving by ship you must climb the Potemkin Steps to get up to the city. The steps proportions and size create a very grand introduction to the city. As the day progresses there are vendors selling Russian-type souvenirs. I liked the men with the magnificent eagles that wanted you to pose for a photograph (for a sum of course). I... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016 via mobile

More than a half of stairs are closed for reconstruction, the other part is dirty and almost broken. Not a sightseeing place for now. Just a connection between sea station and center :) Hope they will make it good before summer.

Thank Alex J
Manchester, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

As title- merely a warning for fellow travellers! Can access around 3 metre wide span. Rest closed for repair. (on left descending) Not great for tourists right now but I suppose if you are in Odessa you're still likely to want to go.

Thank Tatiana L
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

When I was there the stairs were under construction, so I didn't really get to enjoy them I am sure that once they are fully restored that they will be great.

Thank Nick G

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