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Potemkin Steps

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Address: Primorsky Boulevard, Odessa, Ukraine
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Must see, but only because of the historical value.

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... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

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State of Rio de Janeiro
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 12 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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Thank troutwerks
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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.

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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.

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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.

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Thank Nick G
Angelholm, Sweden
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

The stairs were under renovation, nothing to see during this time. Hopefully it will get better until next season.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

In November 2016, most of the stairs were blocked off due to construction. It was still possible to go up and down, but they weren't well lit.

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

Slightly nervous about what the city authorities might do to the Potemkin steps. You need to see the film to understand why this matters. There's some sympathetic restoration going on in other parts of town, so fingers crossed...

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

I was really lookig forward to visiting these famous steps ,only to find that they had commenced the renovations on them just before we visited here.

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