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Reviewed July 29, 2018

It well worth the drive. Despite being mostly the mock-ups, as original locations are much farther deep into the mines. Nevertheless it offers a very good impression of what it was - to live and fight under ground without light

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 12, 2018

I had a private tour of the Odessa Catacombs and it was a historical and educational experience. It was simply amazing, an experience I'll never forget.

The first underground stone mines started to appear in the 19th century while vigorous construction took place in Odessa. During World War II, the catacombs served as a hiding place for Soviet partisans, in particular, the squad of V.A. Molodtsev. Battles between Soviet partisans against the axis forces took place underneath Odessa and its nearby suburb.

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed July 12, 2018

Located about six miles north of the city, the catacombs offer a glimpse into Odessa's more secretive past. During WWII, when Romanian forces invaded Odessa, the resistance took over the catacombs and carried out their sabotage work from underground. Sleeping by day and venturing out at night, the resistance was successful in blowing up the Nazi headquarters along with several enemy buildings. Thus, the catacombs prevented 12 of Odessa's 13 partisan bands from being discovered.

Our group of 20 visited on an organized tour, and with a local guide. Stretching a length of about 1,500 miles, getting lost could mean never being found! Because it is cold, damp, and dark, dress warmly, and bring your own flashlight for walking through those areas not illuminated by the lanterns.

I found this visit informative and haunting. Everything appears to have been left behind as it was at the end of the war. Be sure to look for graffiti from Gust Bezak, a nationalist Slovak partisan, drawings of faces on the walls, the memorial to slain partisan Ivan Ivanovich Ivanov, and the display of weapons among many articles that can be found in the various rooms. It is a museum that brings the war to life

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed July 11, 2018

The tunnels, used to house the headquarters of World War II partisan resistance fighters, is located in this suburb of Odessa. The price of the tour is inexpensive and guides are available. However, many guides speak only Russian. The network of tunnels is amazing. The fact that this military installation was totally underground is very interesting to learn about. The tunnels are lighted enough so that the displays of kitchens, sleeping quarters, a small infirmary, etc., can be well seen. There are 72 steps leading out of the catacombs to the small and interesting museum that serves as the exit. Would recommend this slice of Ukraine history.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed July 9, 2018

This was a pleasant history and educational place to visit while in Odesa. It was interesting to see how the people of Odesa resisted and survived during the war. Also amazed to learn how many miles of "catacombs" actually exist here.

Date of experience: July 2018
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