Virtual walk along Odessa: Part 1
The citizens of Odessa say "Odessa is a city that you need to look down". Not literally, of course, but in the sense that it is best to travel to Odessa on foot. There are many hiking trails in Odessa, but we want to offer you, perhaps the most interesting of the hiking routes, revealing the beauty and singularity of the city, our way is through the historical centre, which we will describe in this article...
The ancient architecture and all major attractions are concentrated in the historic heart of the city, and we begin with Richelievskaya Street and Bolshaya Arnautskaya corner, (near hotel Cernoye More) where it is impossible not to notice a white open-work building in the eastern style, reminiscent of a mosque. This Arab Cultural Centre, built relatively recently (in 2001) at the expense of the Arab businessman Adnan Kivan.
The mosque stands out strongly among the rest of city architecture and is a real gem of east Odessa. To appreciate the beauty of the mosque you must go inside, not only view it from the outside. The Arab Center halls are free to visit any day (from 11 to 17 hours), except for the pilgrimage, usually Friday.
Moving on to the Richelievskaya street toward the sea, we reach the intersection with Zhukovsky Street and turn right one quarter to Pushkinskaya Street. By the way, I think many people will notice that in the ancient heart there are virtually no similar buildings, each building differs in architecture, decoration, and layout (see hotel London) This is one of the features of the Odessa architecture.
Outside Pushkin Street go ahead before crossing the Bunin street. Here you can pay attention to one of the main attractions, the Odessa Regional State Philharmonic (formally the Exchange.) You can gaze at this structure's mosaic, stucco, huge semi-circular stained glass windows for a long time.The main entrance, which is located at the Philharmonic from Bunin street, looks even more exciting!
Opposite the Philharmonic Hall is a striking pink building with intricate moldings, sculptures and openwork balconies, reminiscent of the whole confectionary masterpiece. It is an almost completely restored hotel Bristol, which already opened its doors to visitors, in late 2011. Its bright color and decorate facade stands out strongly among the adjacent houses.
Virtual walk along Odessa: