Odessa Greek Heritage tour

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Are you fascinated with the history and art of the ancient world? Would you like to see the artifacts created by the Greek culture? You can find them right in Odessa.

Way before this port city was founded the land was inhabited by many tribes and nations, including ancient Greeks. The very name "Odessa" is Greek.


So, our Greek heritage Odessa tour includes the walk along Primorskiy Boulevard. It connects two of the top Odessa's architectural attractions: City Council and Vorontsov Palace. As you walk down the boulevards, you pass by Potemkin Steps, Duke de Richelieu monument, Pushkin monument and Tiger Canon.

The tour will take you to the Greek Orthodox Saint Trinity Cathedral raised in 1795. This Cathedral is one of the oldest in Odessa. In the 19th century this church gathered around itself a large community of local Odessa Greeks. During the Revolution the cathedral was "beheaded", e.i. the communists removed its domes and crosses. The building got restored only in the 90s of the last century.

State Archaeological museum is the next stop of our Odessa tour. It was founded in 1825. There you can find many artifacts crafted by the ancient Greeks who lived here before the foundation of Odessa. Those artifacts were found during numerous excavations and during the construction of some modern Odessa buildings. Besides, you can find many pre-Greek ancient artifacts which date back to the very first villages and cultures formed on this ancient southern sea shore.

But the most amazing place you will visit is Filiki Etairia. In 1814 the Greek secret society was formed in Odessa at the house of famous Greek merchant G. Marsalis. The goal of this society was the revolution and freedom of Greece. It was meant to deliver Greece from the invasion and bond of the Ottoman Empire. This is the very place, where the Greek revolution of 1821 started.

Even though the main activity of the secret society was carried out in Greece, its statute got formed and signed in Odessa.

The minimum tour duration is 3 hours.

Odessa Greek Heritage tour

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