Odessa, Ukraine is another jewel along the Black Sea coast. Odessa is more than just a Black Sea resort town, it is major metropolis with over a million people. During my stay, I wanted to absorb as much of this Ukrainian culture as I could. There are many buildings of different architectural styles in Odessa making it great to stroll along the streets looking upward.
Odessa is home to one of the most beautiful theaters in the world with the formal name of the Odessa National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet. The region around the highly decorated and beautifully colored theater it open allowing you to view the beautiful building from all angles. It is said that the magnificence of its exterior is surpassed only by its interior.
Onion domes, which are common throughout Eastern Europe and Russia, are found on the churches of Odessa. This glittering gold dome which contrasted against the blue so well caught my eye.
Odessians are proud of their Shevchenko Park, which is located not far from downtown and on the shores of the Black Sea. The highlight of the park is the tree-lined Alley of Glory, which ends at the 70-foot high Monument to the Unknown Sailor.
The downtown area has the normal hustle and bustle of any major metropolis. It is great place to take a stroll and see more beautiful architecture, parks, shops, and cafes.
One of the major shopping streets is the pedestrian only Deribasovskaya Street. Along the street is the covered marketplace called the Passage. The glass roof protects the both the pedestrians and the ornate statues decorating the walls.