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Colonnade of the Vorontsov Palace

Colonnade of the Vorontsov PalaceThe majestic colonnade, located on the amazing beauty step socle in front of the Vorontsov Palace at the Primorsky Boulevard at the edge of the ledge, emphasizes the idea of austerity and majesty, which reigned in times of the influence of the Empire style in St. Petersburg at the beginning of the XIX century. It is formed by ten pairs of columns of the Doric Order and the far-visible when approaching the city by boat. Currently the Colonnade of Vorontsov Palace is one of the main attractions of Odessa, and initially served as the greenhouse, where there were grown tropical fruits. Traveler K. Koch, in his recollections of visiting Odessa, wrote that the thing he remembered most of all was the colonnade, the majestic building, which is surprisingly in harmony with the surrounding buildings. There opens a breathtaking view on the bay from the colonnade.

The colonnade of Vorontsov Palace is associated with one of the most beloved legends of Odessa. At the base of the colonnade from the sea side there is the bricked up door. Colonnade of the Vorontsov Palace in OdessaThe before last century on the territory of Vorontsov colonnade there was a restaurant, the owner of which used any mean to become a rich man. Among other things, he was engaged in the slave trade. Making his customers drunk, he followed them through the door in Odessa catacombs that extended across the whole city. Through the underground tunnels the owner of the restaurant to take people straight to the Turkish courts, which brought the prisoners to slave trade markets.

Colonnade in OdessaNowadays the Vorontsov Colonnade is one of the most popular sights of Odessa citizens and visitors, as well as the venue for various celebrations. So, July 14, 2010 on the territory of the colonnade there was held the light graffiti show with the participation of French and Ukrainian DJs in honor of Bastille Day, national holiday of France.

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