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Best Places in Odessa to have an Adventure: The Odessa Catacombs

6. August 2009 by Gregg 0 Comments

The Odessa Catacombs are a 2500 plus kilometer (1553 miles!) stretch of tunnels that lay under the city of Odessa and the surrounding areas such as Usatovo in Ukraine. Largely formed from the limestone mines that Ukraine’s 5th largest city was built on, the Odessa Catacombs have become a strange and interesting attraction for tourists and adventurers visiting the city.

After the Socialist revolution, mining for stone inside the city of Odessa was largely banned, but the extensive labyrinth of mines still remained, becoming useful during the conflicts of World War II as a hiding place for troops resisting Invasion by the Axis powers.

Occasionally used by local residents to stage large paintball battles and rock concerts, the catacombs have developed their own folk tales and ghost stories. Some say that a vengeful spirit wanders the catacombs, punishing unwary travelers who lose their way and never allowing them to leave. Others say that the labyrinth contains gold and other treasures, and that one day they will be discovered by some adventurous souls. Today a small portion of the catacombs are open as a tourist attraction, but the majority of it remains closed to the public and largely uncharted.

 

The entrance to the Odessa Catacombs