April 2, 2023
  • The UNESCO of the United Nations presents the tag of World Heritage in Danger. To protect the sites from catastrophic damages, UNESCO designates them as World Heritage in Danger sites. Presently the list has 55 such sites. Recently, the ODESSA of Ukraine was added to the list.
  • Russian forces are conducting frequent air strikes in Ukraine. So, the world heritage site Odessa is in danger. Now that UNESCO has made it a World Heritage Site in Danger, United Nations will now allocate funds to protect the site.

Odessa of Ukraine

  • The site is located near the Black sea and is 500 km from the capital of Ukraine, Kyiv.
  • Empress Catherine founded ODESSA. She took away the region from the Ottoman Empire in 1794. The name ODESSA is Greek. Catherine gave religious freedom to the people in ODESSA and also offered them lands.
  • No taxes were imposed on the port. This expanded the trade in Odessa attracting several foreign merchants.

Attractions in Odessa

  • The city has a giant stairway. There are 200 steps down the staircase. It was built in 1837. The staircase is the entrance point to Odessa
  • Vorontsovskyi Palace is a beautiful Turkish Castle in Odessa
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