ODESSA ART MUSEUM
5а, Sofievskaya Street, Odessa city
Like most buildings in Odessa, a palace built of stone «rakushnyak», which is extracted from the ground on the spot a house under construction. Thus arose the famous Odessa catacombs. And under the palace Naryshkin, there are several voids, basements and galleries, one of which underground grotto was arranged under the central part of the building.
A device similar caves dates back to the romantic time, when the caves were built like palaces and parks. Under certain Odessa palaces fragments of similar structures. Grotto in Naryshkin Palace is only available for a visit.
Artistic image of the grotto is created on a comparison of the architectural and natural forms: semicircular arches and the natural heaps of stones. To make this natural raw stone used, preserved its porous texture torn. This decorated stone wall surfaces, arches and load-bearing elements of the ramp. This further enhances the impression of natural stone cave. Grotto connects light and darkness, visible and invisible, overground and underground. He mimics a natural cave with its uncertain spaces, as it were spontaneously formed stalactites. In the center of the grotto in the rock sitting owl – the embodiment of secret omniscience night …
In the sixties of the last century by specialists of Odessa restoration workshops on the basis of historical documents it was carried out fundamental restoration of the grotto, which allowed to open it to the public.
Today, in the grotto held a tour of the documentary-historical exposition, located in one of the halls of the grotto.
Materials Site ofam.od.ua