The cool thing about those stairs -- the Potemkin Steps -- is that they were built in such a way that you can't see the landings from the bottom and can't see the stairs from the top.
I feel like I'm giving Odessa a bit of a raw deal here if I didn't at least mention a bit about the real city. It's a seriously beautiful place, even if it has the vibe that its glory peaked some time in the 1800s. Seriously, just look at this stuff.
(Plus, and I think I read this on this awesome blog that what Americans think of as Brooklyn Jewish stand-up comedy -- that style came from Odessa originally. I can't absolutely swear to that, but the dude who writes the blog is from NYC and is descended from Odessan Jewish dudes. So yeah.)