Statue of the Duc de Richelieu, Odessa

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Monument · Tourist Spot
Statue of the Duc de Richelieu stands dedicated to the city's first mayor appointed by Tsar Alexander І, who transformed Odessa from a sleepy village to the third-greatest city in the empire. In order to show appreciation for 11 years of service, the government and the city's residents built the monument for the French duke in 1826. Sitting at a square atop the Potemkin stairs, this statue serves as one of the city's symbols. At its base, you'll see bronze reliefs and coins from different periods of the empire. Pay attention to the cannonball that hit the structure once--it's now imbedded in the monument. The location offers unmatched views of the port and is also a famous meeting point. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Odessa holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Statue of the Duc de Richelieu and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • The monument to Duke Richelieu was built in 1828. It was one of the most popular Odessa governors. Please pay attention to every side of this monument and all symbols.  more »
  • I mean it's the very epicentre of the steps, but the poor duke has not been well looked after. There was a t-shirt chucked over him, when I passed by today and his inscription plaque has been eroded.....  more »
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  • Absolutely stunning at night time. I went there at 1am and it felt like everything was glowing under the moonlight. If you want a short romantic walk to help break the ice, this is your place.
  • Magnificent statue very beautiful and locals proud of it. Must see avery one
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