I didn’t know anything about Odessa before I came except that it was where one of the most famous scenes in film history took place. In Sergei Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin, the power of montage was used to portray a deadly uprising between the Tsar’s Cossacks and the people of Odessa. While this massacre actually never happened, Battleship Potemkin has been called one of the most influential propoganda films of all time, and as a result, the Odessa steps have been immortalized.

Of course I had to see the infamous staircase for myself.

Just as I had suspected…they are just stairs. Big whoop. No runaway baby carriages or Tsarist troops here. The only interesting thing I saw there was skater kids doing kick flips and grinds at the top. Another overrated tourist attraction to cross off my list…