Odesa or Odessa, south central Ukraine

Located on the Black Sea, its harbor kept open in winter by icebreakers.

Besides it's port activities, Odessa also is a major manufacturing, railroad, and cultural center and, with its mild climate, a popular resort.

Products of the city include refined petroleum, processed food, plastics, pharmaceuticals, and clothing.

Institutions of higher learning include a university, polytechnic and medical schools, a marine academy, and a music conservatory. The city has several museums and theaters and an opera house.

Population (1990 estimate) 1,106,000. - odessa.ua

Odesa itself was founded in 1794 as a Russian naval fortress on territory annexed from Turkey in 1792.

By the early 19th century the Russian settlement had become an important grain-exporting port.

Major cities near Odessa:

Istanbul

Bucharest

Kiev

 

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