The Potemkin Stairs in Odessa, Ukraine is an imposing and dramatic staircase. It connects the city center to the seaport. It was built in 1841 by Prince Vorontsov, and was a gift for his wife. Though originally there were 200 steps, today there are 192. A few steps were lost when the port was expanded.
The stairs create an interesting illusion when one sees it from the top, and from the bottom. If you were standing at the top of the staircase, you will only see the landings, and not the stairs. In contrast, from the bottom you will only see the steps and not the landings. The stairs at the base are wider than those at the top, and this adds to the illusion.Places nearby:
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