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Pototskiy’s Palace


The palace was built for Ñountess Naryshkina who was the youngest daughter of the Pototskiys. That is why this palace is sometimes referred to as Naryshkin’s Palace. Yet there is another palace that belonged to Naryshkin elsewhere in Odessa. The Pototskiys owned the palace until 1888.

The decorations of the ceiling as well as marble and parquet floors survived the years. There is an artificial cave and a grotto in the basement and a subway leading to the catacombs. There is a trap in the subway against unwanted visitors.

The palace was built in 1823-1826 by architect F.Boffo.

Mayor G.Marazli bought this building and donated it to the community in 1899. Since then the building has been the Fine Arts Museum representing only Ukrainian and Russian artists (there is another arts museum in Odessa where the works of foreign artists are displayed). There are not only paintings but also sculptures and other works of art in the museum dating back to the 16th century and totaling over 10,000. Such artists as V.Tropinin, I.Ayvazovskiy, A.Savrasov, I.Shishkin, I.Repin, V.Surikov, V.Serov, M.Vrubel, N.Rerih and others are represented.





10:00-17:30 (winter: 10:30-17:00), except for Tuesday. Last Friday is cleanup day.

Administration Telephones

+38 048 7238393, 7238272, 7237287.


Street Address

5À Sofiyevskaya Street, 65082 Odessa, Ukraine.

Geographical Positions

E30°43'43" N46°29'36" (E30.728611° N46.493333°).


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