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Category : History

Knights of salt and cudgel: Ukrainian Chumaks

They say that when the Chumaks went to Crimea for salt, the starry sky served them as a map. And .....

The city of brothels: history of prostitution in Odessa

Odessa has long been considered the capital of sex tourism in Ukraine and many believe that it started to be .....

Art in Ukraine: Izdebsky salon and the independent Odessans

The city of Odessa played an important role in creating new forms of art. The modernist tradition arrived on the .....

Akhmatova’s favourite test: Who are You?

Who are you: “Tea, dog, Pasternak” or “Coffee, cat, Mandelstam”? Anna Akhmatova was one of the most significant Russian poets of the .....

The Pushkin statue in Odessa: facts and legends

There are two monuments to Alexander Pushkin in Odessa: a bust on Primorsky Boulevard and a statue on Pushkinskaya Street. .....

Odessa stories: how fashion trend was set in the 19th century

The world of Odessa fashion in the 19th century stood on three pillars. The real names of these tailors were: .....

The Odessa griffon guarding the treasure

In a corner old Odessa, at Gogol street 1, there is a griffon: a mythical creature representing a crossbreed between .....

“Davie the Jew” the Casinos King

Born in Odessa David “Davie” Berman (1903-1957) was one of the pioneers of the casino business. “Odessa gentlemen” were able .....

The history of Odessa, since its foundation and during its first century of growth, shows how rich was the contribution of many foreign communities, like: Italians, French, Greeks, Jewish, German, British, Polish and Turkish. Odessa has a cosmopolitan DNA, which is not only tradition but also energy for its development. This memory of the past makes Odessa a more opened place to foreigners than other cities.

TOJ tells international readers the historical events happened in Odessa, which shows a city familiar to cultural innovation and business creation. It was the most modern and liberal city of Russian Empire. TOJ publishes historical amenities, which paint Odessa as an intriguing city to be visited.