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.