A beautiful detail of the facade of Museum of Western & Eastern Art in Odesa

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Museum of Western & Eastern Art


This mid-19th-century palace houses a collection that's both rich and eclectic – apt for a cosmopolitan port city like Odesa. Classical Italian and Dutch art comes together with Asian treasures from as far away as Tibet and Indonesia, while temporary exhibitions showcase great examples of modern Ukrainian art.

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2. José de Ribas Statue

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3. Archaeology Museum

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8. Vul Derybasivska


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