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These are the famous "Potemkin steps" of Odessa. It is the most popular tourist destination in the city on the Black Sea and attracts crowds of animal-keepers who offer to take your picture along with one of their pets.

If you don't want to carry an eagle on your arm, you could hold a crocodile or iguana in your lap or wrap a boa constrictor around your neck.

Personally I don't think that's the way to treat a wild animal.

These steps are generally known for a sequence from the famous silent movie "Battleship Potemkin", directed by Sergei Eisenstein in 1925. The film describes the 1905 mutiny by the sailors of the battleship and the most dramatic scenes show the Tsar's soldiers shooting at civilians running down the steps. A young mother pushing her baby in a pram is shot dead and the pram starts rolling down the steps at an increasing speed.

The mutiny did happen and several people were killed when demonstrating their support of the sailors, but according to historians nobody was actually killed at the Potemkin steps. But Eisenstein certainly made an interesting story even better by changing the locations.

Two workshops show the steps from other angles.

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