Monday, April 7, 2008

The Beauty of Odesa: Road 2

Odesa is a beautiful city located in the Odesa Oblast of the Ukraine. The city was originally founded as a naval fortress in 1793 on territory annexed from Turkey. Odesa is known for it's beautiful landscape as well as its architecture. The city itself is a mixture of ancient Greek themed styles with modern art deco. One of the most beautiful buildings in Odesa is the Odesa Opera House: It was first opened 1810 and destroyed in a fire in 1873. The modern building was constructed by Fellner and Helmer in baroque style and opened in 1867. The luxurious hall follows rococo style. Its unique acoustics allow it to deliver a whisper from the stage to any part of the hall. 
  The theater was the first building to use electric illumination and employed Edison Ele
ctricity to do so. The opera house itself sits on shifting ground and is in danger of collapse. The first cracks appeared almost immediately after its construction. The theaters eastern half sagged almost seven inches in its first 3 years and the six walls began to tilt. Gleb Dranov, who sang at the opera house for 25 years, worked 5 years previously as a geologist and is helping oversee the repairs and stability construction. Here is a wonderful video of the Opera House at Night:

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