Pryvoz Market

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Coordinates: 46°28′11″N 30°43′57″E / 46.46972°N 30.73250°E / 46.46972; 30.73250

The famous Pryvoz Market, located at 14 Pryvozna Street, is the largest food market in Odessa, Ukraine.[1][2][3]

Vendor at Privoz Market

Privoz began in 1827, when wares were sold from the back of horse driven carts.[4]

Privoz adjoined the Stary (old) bazaar (also called the Volny (free) market), the first bazaar in Odessa. Gradually more buildings were constructed as the city grew.

In the 1940s zoo animals were moved from the Odessa zoo to Simferopol. Four-year-old elephant Murza (Мурза) escaped. It ran to the fruit section of the Pryvoz Market and ate several apples, pulled out pickled cucumbers from a barrel, and tasted some fresh cabbage and dried fruits. Murza was caught and returned to the zoo. A popular Soviet comedy film, Striped Trip was inspired by this incident.[5]

A western journalist explained his visit to the market:

Privoz was also mentioned in The Odessa Tales of Isaak Babel.


  1. ^ Karakina, Yelena; Tatyana Samoilova; Anna Ishchenko (2004). Touring Odessa. BDRUK. ISBN 966-8137-01-9. Archived from the original on 2009-09-07. p. 18
  2. ^ "Ukrainian Opposition MP Calls For Probe into Odessa Scandals". BBC Monitoring International Reports. November 6, 2002.
  3. ^ Schemann, Serge (October 26, 1991). "Odessa Journal; They Laugh Now, but Then Didn't They Always?": 2. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  4. ^ "Historical information". (in Russian). Archived from the original on 2004-02-08. Retrieved 2006-09-05.
  5. ^ "Odessa Sightseeing". Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2006-09-05.
  6. ^ Nyad, Diana; Jared Manasek (September 21, 2002). "Attempts to recreate a movie scene in Odessa". Savvy Traveler (NPR).

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