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Olvia is an ancient city-state founded by Greek settlers in the 6th century BC and became one of the earliest centers of culture, trade and economy on the northern Black Sea coast. 

Olvia translates as “happy” in ancient Greek. This is the official name of the city certified in the decrees it issued, in inscriptions on coins and in most of written chronicles. Having survived for almost a thousand years, its name did not disappear, after all. Today, Olvia is a national historical and archaeological reserve that attracts thousands of visitors every year. 

The Reserve covers 33 hectares, the necropolis an additional 330 hectares, and Berezan Island is 23.6 hectares. The reserve includes a museum, a repository, lapidary or stone museum, and an academic library. 

Every year, the Reserve hosts an open oblast festival of original songs, Greek culture and the Olbia tourist center. 

Berezan Island has forever been Olvia’s faithful companion. 

This little Black Sea pearl was an important stopping point on the famous trade route called “From the Vikings to the Greeks,” which followed the Dnipro-Buh estuary. This is where the first Greek settlement in the northern Black Sea coast was established in the 6th century BC. Today, Berezan is not only a popular tourist destination, but also a permanent archaeological center that attracts archaeologists, geologists and geographers.

Contact Information


vul. Olbian 47, Parutne, Ochakiv County, Mykolayiv Oblast 57540
Tel: +38 (051) 549-2453, 549-2680
e-mail: olbio1111@yandex.ru

Hours: 08:00-17:00