Thursday, 10 May 2012

Alive in the night: Odessa

I’ve been dreaming to come and visit this place since a long time ago and finally, today, I am here.
Aristocratic, elegant, alive: this is Odessa
Odessa is today the third largest city in Ukraine with a population ranging a little bit over one million.
Its historical architecture has a style more Mediterranean than Russian, having been heavily influenced by French and Italian styles. Some buildings are built in a mixture of different styles, including Art Nouveau, Renaissance and Classicist.
As a part of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, the city preserved and somewhat reinforced its unique cosmopolitan mix of Russian/Ukrainian/Jewish culture and a predominantly Russophone environment with the uniquely accented dialect of Russian spoken in the city. The city's Russian, Ukrainian, Jewish, French, Italian, Romanian, Tatar, Turkish, Greek, Armenian and Bulgarian communities have influenced different aspects of Odessa life.
In 1991, after the collapse of Communism, the city became part of the newly independent Ukraine

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