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Resting on the northwestern coast of the Black Sea, Odessa is a major port and a cultural hub of historic significance.

Odessa is a city in Ukraine and a major seaport and transportation hub located on the northwestern shore of the Black Sea. Odessa is also an administrative center of the Odessa Oblast and a multiethnic major cultural center. Odessa is the third biggest city in Ukraine and known in Ukraine as Black Sea Pearl. In 1794, the city of Odessa was founded by a decree of the Empress Catherine the Great. From 1819 to 1858, Odessa was a free port. During the Soviet period it was the most important port of trade in the Soviet Union and a Soviet naval base. Its attractions include Odessa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theater, Odessa Passage, Potemkin Steps, Port of Odessa, Lanzheron Beach, and more.
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