The Odesa Opera & Ballet Theatre building, designed in the 1880s

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Odesa Opera & Ballet Theatre

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The jewel in Odesa's architectural crown was designed in the 1880s by the architects who also designed the famous Vienna State Opera, namely Ferdinand Fellner and Herman Helmer. You can take a Russian-language tour of the theatre (150uah), starting at 5pm on Friday and Saturday or, better yet, buy yourself a night at the opera.

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