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The area that is now Odessa was first settled by the Tatars in 1240. In 1529 it became part of the Ottoman Empire but was annexed by Russia after the Russo-Turkish War of 1792. Officially the city of Odessa was founded by the decree of Catherine the Great in 1794. In the 19th century, Odessa was the fourth largest city of Imperial Russia after Moscow, St. Petersburg and Warsaw. Its historical architecture has a style more Mediterranean than Russian, having been heavily influenced by French and Italian styles. The city has always had a very diverse population and a more Western and cosmopolitan feel to it than many other cities in the former Russian Empire. The city was home to many different nationalities including Albanians, Armenians, Bulgarians, French, Germans, Greeks, Italians, Poles, Romanians, Russians and had a very large Jewish population. In 1897 the Jewish population was estimated as being 37%. Jewish life in Odessa was the subject of Isaak Babel’s famous “Odessa Stories”. The city was also made famous by the 1905 uprising by workers supported by the Russian battleship Potemkin. Sergei Eisenstein’s famous motion picture The Battleship Potemkin commemorated the uprising. The city was also home to fierce fighting and a vibrant partisan movement during WWII.

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