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10th of April Square (10 Апреля Площадь)

10th of April Square
(10 Апреля Площадь)

This roundabout with a large obelisk at the southern base of Pobedeh Park (Парк Победы), is called April 10th, in memory of the April 10th, 1944, the day when Odessa was liberated from Nazi invaders. It was unveiled on April 10th, 1984.

At the base of the obelisk are two squares, both have the Order of Lenin medal and the "Gold Star" medal, the highest Soviet decoration, awarded to the city of Odessa for its defense against Nazis during World War two.

Both squares have this inscription written in gold:

Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Council of USSR
on awarding the city of Odessa with Lenin Order and Golden Star Medal.

For the outstanding services to Motherland, courage and
heroism demonstrated by the working people of Odessa
fighting for their freedom with Nazi-fascist invaders,
and to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the
Great Victory of the Soviet Union in the
Great Patriotic War 1941-1945,
award the city of Odessa with
Order of Lenin and Golden Star Medal.

The Chairman of the Presidium of the
Supreme Council of USSR A.Mikoyan
The Secretary of the Presidium of the
Supreme Council of USSR M.Georgadze

Moscow, Kremlin, 8th of May, 1965

Also on both squares are lists of Heroes of the Soviet Union:

The Heroes of the Soviet Union
in the Odessa Region

On one of the squares lists three people as Twice the Heroes of the Soviet Union in Odessa Region.

(Marshal Rodion Malinovsky, is also listed under the twice heroes of the Soviet Union in the Odessa Region)

(See Twice Hero of the Soviet Union page for an explanation of these awards.)

Humorous and irreverent Odessites have two nicknames for this obelisk, the "thermometer" and "impotent's dream" (because the spire stands very erect).

Memorial plaque
10th of April Square 1
(10 Апреля Площадь)
10th of April Square

The square is named in honor of the
Odessa Day of Liberation from fascist
invaders by the troops of the 3rd Ukrainian Front in 1944

Memorial plaque
Genuezkaya 20 (Генуэзская)

The street is called
Genuezkaya in honor of
Odessa sister-city from
Italy - Genoa.

Continue your virtul tour by walking to the
Monument at school 56 &
69th Fighter Plane Air Regiment Monument

Return to the Shevchenko Blvd. (Шевченко проспект) areas overview
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