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Greek Square in Odessa

Greek Square in OdessaGreek Square is located in the very heart of Odessa and adjacent to Deribasovskaya Street. This square is the largest and central in the city. It has the shape of the oblong rectangle and is paved with the granite tile. There are several flower beds, two fountains on the square and in the center there is the oval building – trade center “Athena”. On the edges of the Greek Square there are built two semicircular buildings. Initially Ekaterina II planned to resettle the orthodox peoples to Odessa, which were under oppression of the Ottoman Empire. Thus the Greeks were the major part of the Odessa’s population in the first times of the city’s existence. The Greek diaspora has contributed a lot in the development of the city, and the grateful Odessa citizens opened the museum “Filiki Eteria” (Society of Friends) on the Greek Square. In 2004 there was opened the monument to Odessa mayor Marazli on the Greek Square, who was the Greek by origin. But the monument was moved some years later on the unknown reasons.

In 2004, after the long years of building, there was opened the trade center “Athena” on the Greek Square, one of the highest buildings in the historical part of the city. Before its construction, there was the other trade center “Athena”oval building, which was dismantled in 90th due to worthlessness. The construction of the trade center was carried out by the Greek Company, 10 workers of which died during the flight to Odessa. In honour to the victims of the accident there is set the memorial board with the names of the lost people on the ground floor of the trade center under the monument of Athena.

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