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Kantakuzen’s Catacomb

The museum “Kantakuzen’s Catacomb” is an affiliate of the main museum in Moldavanka district, located downtown in an ancient quarry of the Quarantine gully, at the address: 7, Bunina st. Besides, it has been a monument of local significance since 2017.

About the Object

The museum “Kantakuzen’s Catacomb” is an affiliate of the main museum in Moldavanka district, located downtown in an ancient quarry of the Quarantine gully, at the address: 7, Bunina st. Besides, it has been a monument of local significance since 2017. There you will immerse yourself in the history of construction of early Odessa. The earliest inscription found on the wall was dated 1812. This is the oldest quarry of Odessa. Particularly its stone was used for construction of a number of mansions in the historic center of the city. Its “construction career” having been finished already in the beginning of XIX century, the catacomb has changed a lot of occupations: a refuge for adventurers, a storehouse for smuggled goods, a shelter in the war periods…

Total length of the catacomb is 120 m. Depth – 10 m. The catacomb is unique with its location and great history as well as the lowest air temperature among all others. This is why you should not forget to bring your warm clothes.

Many “cultural layers” have been found during the cleaning process in the quarry. Besides, from our exhibitions you can learn about first developers for the onstruction in the area of the Quarantine gully – duke Kantakuzen and merchant Novikov – as well as the history of construction of significant buildings in Odessa.

Short list of exhibitions:

  • History of the Kantakuzen’s Catacomb (duke Nikolai Kantakuzen, descendant of ancient Byzantine family, ranking member of the military, participant of Ismail assault and Odessa landowner);
  • Mining work, tools, technologies of that period;
  • Production of bricks in Odessa and its near vicinity;
  • Furnace equipment, fireplaces, ceramic tiles, majolica;
  • Architecture of Odessa in various periods – plans and decorations;
  • Findings made in Odessa catacombs (total length of which is about 2500 km);
  • “Catacomb” – the changes of meaning of this notion, its essence and example;
  • Shelters, civil defense of the World War II and the period after it.

All the exhibits in the halls are unique artefacts from 200 to 70 years old, found and preserved by the explorers of the fund “Memory”.

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Schedule and cost of excursions

In the warm season, the museum opens its doors for independent visits from 11-00 to 15-00 every Saturday and Sunday.

The duration of the tour is about 30 minutes.

Mandatory registration for a tour by phone. (viber, telegram, whatsapp)

+38 (063) 635-15-00, +38 (050) 316-08-77

Price

Adult: 100 UAH.

Child: 50 UAH.

The minimum cost of the order is 200 UAH.

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How to get there

Bus

146, 137, 203, 210, 190

Taxi

Bunina str , 7

Trolleybus

9, 10