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Town Garden

Description

Major Felix de Ribas, the city founder’s brother had a plot of land next to the main street that he did not use. He planted trees there and granted it to the community in 1806. Later, this become the most prestigious area in Odessa. In 1836-1837 a forged grille fence was put up around the garden.

Bronze figures of lions decorated the garden along Deribasovskaya Street. They were brought from France in the middle of the 19th century and initially were the decorations of Marazli’s mansion in Frantsuzskiy Boulevard. After the 1917 Revolution the mansion was nationalized and turned into a health center, and the sculptures were moved to the Town Garden in 1927. In 2006 they were restored for the first time. It was done in Kyiv, and next year, 2007, they were put back. It turns out that they were cast of pure copper in 1854. The sculptor was Auguste-Nicolas Caïn.

The garden was rebuilt in 2007 and reopened on May 9. Artists and souvenir vendors who used to offer their works to tourists in the garden had to move to Sobornaya Square.




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There are several monuments in the garden: to singer Utyosov, sportsman Utochkin, and to the chair (the 'protagonist' of a novel by two Odessa authors, The 12th Chairs).

Location

Downtown.

Street Address

Deribasovskaya Street, Odessa, Ukraine.

Geographical Positions

E30°44'4" N46°29'6" (E30.734444° N46.485°).

Map

Last Update

2020.11.09.

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