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Odesa - The capital of laughter

If an ordinary lifestyle is not for you, our advice is to come to Odesa.

This vivacious seaport on the Black Sea coast frolics in the good life round the clock. The extraordinary aura of Odesa is able to reveal talent, return the brilliance to ones eyes and a smile to ones lips. During the 200-year plus history of the city a lot of people have had a chance to check make this city their own. Eminent poets Alexander Pushkin, Allen Bosque, Lesya Ukrainka as well as the well-known painters Mykola Rerykh, Vasyl Kandinsky and famous doctor Pirogov and chemist Mendeleev – here is only a minor part of lucky people who happened to visit Odesa. And they were also the ones who fell in love with the city for the rest of their lives.

Odesa was founded in 1794 as a seaport that provided protection and guard of the southern borders of the Russian Empire. In order to contribute to the construction of the new city the energetic and brave representatives of various countries came to Odesa. Included among the pioneers, Ukrainians, Russians, French, English, Jews, Moldavians, Greeks, Bulgarians and many others. From this ethnic “cocktail” the original nationality of Odesites was born. The excellent sense of business peculiar to the Odesites and the favourable conditions of Porto-Franco (a free port regime) which attracted migrants and merchants from many European and Asian countries soon turned Odesa into one of the richest cities of the Russian Empire. In his time Mark Twain even cited the Odesa phenomenon as an example for big American cities.

Today Odesa is the biggest seaport as well as a prime historical and cultural treasure of Ukraine. The city, with a population of over 1.2 million people, maintains one of the best dynamics of economic development on a par with the capital Kiev. In show business and entertainment, the city has no equal in Ukraine. Theatres, concerts and rich museum collections will amaze aesthetes. A wide-range and variety of sports and recreational facilities, concentrated on the seacoast, with restaurants, casinos, and discos, are able to create a fairytale holiday atmosphere.

But among Odesa’s biggest treasures is its’ inhabitants. The optimism of the Odesites coupled with their effervescent sense of humour has garnered the city a reputation as the capital of laughter. Annually, Odesa’s festivals of humour, music and art inspire everyone with the energy of joy. And celebrating the days of the city, which begins in September, replenishes the stock of cheerfulness for the entire year.