Langeron is historically the first of the beaches of Odessa. In those days, when the Maliy and Bolshoy Fountains were still not quite developed, as well as recreational Arcadia did not exist, Langeron had already attracted lovers of the sea and sun.

The closest to the center of the city, it became the center of the villa and beach life, a place of exquisite festivals and nightly entertainment.

Langeron was mentioned in the books of V.Kataev, Y.Olesha, K.Paustovskiy, the song by M. Shufutinskiy My Odessa begins with the words about the sea and Langeron:
"It smells of the sea, and the moon hangs over Langeron .."
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Odessa National Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet
A masterpiece of world-class architecture and city pride, Odessa Opera House can compete in beauty with the best European opera houses. By rating of the magazine "Forbes" the building is included in the list of 11 most interesting sights in Eastern Europe (and it is the only theatre in the list).

The first City Theatre, built on Duke de Richelieu initiative, and designed by French architect Thoma de Tomon, was opened on this place in 1810.

The first city theatre was high, built in the classical antique style, with the portico, columns and the triangular fronton, the entrance was from the side of Italian street (now it is Pushkinskaya street).

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Mikhail Zhvanetskiy
Michal Mikhalych (Manevich) Zhvanetskiy is our everything.

The Odessan number One in the literature of the modern era, a humorist and satirist, though there is always a touch of a serious playwright and tragedian, read between his lines. A person, by whose efforts was strengthen the vivid myth of Odessa, Odessa brand, and the glory of the capital of humor. Combining the carnival plots and richness of language of Babel, with irony and accuracy of the details of Ilf and Petrov, Zhvanetskiy is considered to be the patriarch of the Odessa humor and never tires of surprising us by depth of his talent.

The talent, which he is generously endowed by the Odessa native land.
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Laocoon In Greek mythology, Laocoon is the priest-prophet from Troy.

Laocoon warned the Trojans of taking the gift from their enemies ("Trojan horse") - and for that he was punished. The enraged goddess Athene sent monstrous snakes to kill the priest and his sons.

The original sculpture was created by the Greeks in the Ist century BC, and now it is kept in the Vatican. While being in Italy, the governor of Odessa G. Marazli was very impressed by it and ordered a copy. In 1870 the Laocoon was established in a summer residence of Marazli, then the sculpture was transferred to the Preobrazhenskaya street, and only in 1971 it got to its present location.

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Privoz Market
Privoz - there are so many things merged in this word for the heart of an Odessit... The fish market is full of bullheads, and sprat, and shrimps, just jumped out of the sea and ready to jump into your meal, and the very red tomatoes with the most "blue" eggplants from the burly goody-goodies, and extremely mellow melons offered by tanned sellers.

And most importantly - lively south enunciation, paradoxical dialogues and unassailable local colour, admired by many professional humorists for the last hundred years. Here, every tradeswoman or meat-chopping man has something to say about Odessa. It only remains to walk and write down, and well, watch for yout wallet, forget about daydreaming, like a gang from a tram.

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Potemkin Stairs
Practically everyone saw the well-known shots from the cult film by Sergey Eisenstein the Battleship Potemkin with a baby-carriage rolling down the steps. It was after this movie that the main staircase of Odessa became world famous and was named Potemkin (here's the proof of the cinema power).

Mark Twain, who visited Odessa, praised the steps, and Vladimir Jabotinsky, who was born in Odessa, proudly wrote: "The staircase, as wide as a wide street, two hundred lordly steps; there seems to be no other such in the world, but if they tell me where one could be found, I would not go to see it."

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Decent Odessa women were staying home at nights

At the time of Count Stroganov, the governor-general of Novorossia, the streets of Odessa had some problems in the form of pits and bumps. Nothing much wrong, but at night time travelling in a carriage was often problematic.

When one of Odessa's high-society ladies, the wife of the Austrian consul, complained to Stroganov, so that at night it is dangerous to leave the house and drive along such streets, the Count replied: “A decent lady would not leave her home at night”.