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Catacombs of Odessa

Odessa, Odessa, Ukraine (Formerly Катакомбы Одессы)
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Ranked #5 of 203 Attractions in Odessa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Caverns/ Caves
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Los Angeles, California
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46 reviews 46 reviews
28 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I would say more 'abandoned limestone quarry tunnels.' interesting and historic but not outstanding. we hired egor as our guide and did not take the 'official' tour.

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Los Angeles, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

You must book a guide for this. Our hotel (The Frederic Koklen) helped us with that. The site is unmarked and locked. You need a guide with a key to get access. In recent history, during the Great Patriotic War, the Catacombs were used by anti-Fascist fighters. Our guide was quite knowledgeable and illuminated much of that time period for... More

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Krakow, Poland
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69 reviews 69 reviews
30 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

I was thinking that this is old Christian funeral place like Catacombs in Rome, but it isn't, this is former underground mine of limestone, which had been used to build the buildings in the city! Why you have to be careful? Because it is almost 3 hrs excursion and you have to walk with hard hat and electric torch in... More

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Nutley, New Jersey
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

On our recent visit to Ukraine, we hooked up with a private guide named Yuriy. He is a young and vibrant fellow who is anxious to share all that Odessa has to offer. At first we went directly to the catacombs. Unlike the catacombs in Italy, these tunnels were NOT for burying the dead. They actually formed an underground city... More

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Zurich, Switzerland
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42 reviews 42 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

I think if one is in Odessa one should go there. But dont forget that you must go 15 metres down (no fresh air) and continue for about 600 metres. I didnt manage it because of my claustrophobie

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Melbourne
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

Yuriy took us ot the partisan caves/catacombs, as part of our tour of Odessa. It is some way out of town, not somewhere you would get to by public transport I was fascinating for us to compare with places like the Ku Chi tunnels (Vietnam) on other trips, and also with other places on this tour (Auschwitz-Birkenau, KGB prison in... More

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Yatton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

We were on a recent Celebrity cruise round the Black Sea and took an optional tour of the catacombs, not really knowing what to expect. Our tour started about 15 miles outside of Odessa, at which stage the sheer scale and size of the catacombs network became apparent. Our local guide explained quietly and dispassionately the vital role the catacombs... More

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London, United Kingdom
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110 reviews 110 reviews
53 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013 via mobile

We wanted to visit the catacoms and the first problem was how to get there. We couldnt find any tour in the streets. Our hostel found two places with a group leaving in the next hour for 720 ( around 72 euros) for two. We asked in tourist information and they quoted us 600 for two of us so we... More

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Manitoba
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

There was a whole lot of history learned here that I never knew about before. We had a private tour (arranged for us by our tour group) and she really stressed about not going in if you are claustrophobic, but we thought she made it seem far worse than it was (our group did not find it any big deal... More

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San Diego, CA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

We recently joined a group of friends on a Black Sea cruise. We had 3 port stops in the Ukraine. One stop was Odessa. We all enjoyed our private tour reserved through Sergey Tsarapora sergey.tsarapora@gmail.com. Natasha was our private guide. We walked through the historical area to view the beautifully restored Opera House and other buildings as Natasha shared interesting... More

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