Odessa City Hall

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Odessa City Hall

Odessa City Hall is the city hall of Odessa, Ukraine, located at the junction of Primorskiy Boulevard, Chaikovskogo Lane and Pushkinska Street. It occupies a Neoclassical building, built to a design by Francesco Boffo and Gregorio Toricelli in 1828-34.

Description[edit]

The frontage features two large statues depicting Ceres and Mercury in their roles as the goddess of agriculture and the god of trade respectively, marking the buildings original purpose as an Exchange.

Every half-hour, the clock above the entrance chimes the melody "Odessa my town" (the same tune greeting incoming trains at the Odessa Train Station). This is from the operetta White Acacia by the Soviet composer Isaac Dunayevsky.[1]

In front of the building is a small square called "Dumaskaya", containing a monument to Alexander Pushkin who spent 13 months in Odessa,[2] and a naval gun recovered from the British frigate HMS Tiger, that grounded and was sunk near the town during the Crimean War.

Storm of the Odessa City Hall[edit]

On 21 December 2012 fighting occurred at the doors of the Odessa City Hall.[3] Three members of law enforcement were reported to have been hospitalized with minor injuries.[4] The city mayor Oleksiy Kostusyev in his official announcement that fighters from Svoboda equipped with non-firing weapons engaged in a fight with the building security and tried to disrupt work of the city council.[5] Kostusyev also used term fashistvuyushchie (a new invented term meaning fascists that cause havoc) and called the people "not quite vanished successors of fascism". The mayor explained the reasons for those actions were intentions to prevent renaming a city street after the Soviet Army. He also claimed that his announcement was supported unanimously by all council members.

According to the official press release of Svoboda, the protest event took place after one of members of the city council was not allowed to participate in a session.[3] In the statement Svoboda claimed that the member of council had the intention to address the session of council in regards to recent events connected with local markets and role of the city authorities in city life.[3][6] Supposedly there is a supporting document adopted by the council about not allowing the particular member of council to participate in its sessions.[3] The region prosecutor's office was scheduled to conduct an investigation.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kononova, G. (1984). Odessa: A Guide. Moscow: Raduga Publishers. pp. 58–61. 
  2. ^ "Odessa Ukraine Attractions and City History". odessaapts.com. Archived from the original on 22 July 2008. Retrieved 1 October 2008. 
  3. ^ a b c d ""Свободівці" і підприємці штурмували Одеську міськраду" ["Svoboda" and businessmen storm the Odessa City Council]. Ukrayinska Pravda (in Ukrainian). 21 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Охоронці Одеської міськради потрапили до лікарні" [Odessa city council guards hospitalized]. Ukrayinska Pravda (in Ukrainian). 21 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Мэр Одессы Алексей Костусев обратился к гражданам города" [Odessa Mayor Alex Kostusev appealed to the citizens of the city]. Odessa City Council (in Ukrainian). 21 December 2012. Archived from the original on 30 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "На знак протесту проти антиукраїнської діяльності Одеської міськради громада штурмувала будівлю ради" [In protest against the anti-Ukrainian activities Odessa City Council community stormed the building council]. Svoboda (in Ukrainian). 21 December 2012. Archived from the original on 9 September 2014. 
  7. ^ "За штурм "Свободою" Одеської облради взялася прокуратура" [After storm Odessa Regional Council undertakes investigation of "Svoboda"]. Ukrayinska Pravda (in Ukrainian). 21 December 2012. 

Coordinates: 46°29′8.26″N 30°44′38.22″E / 46.4856278°N 30.7439500°E / 46.4856278; 30.7439500