Tula is a city in the Central Russia, an administrative center of the Tula Region.
First referred to in the historic documents in 1146 as a borderland settlement, by the middle of the XVII century Tula transformed from a fortress into a center of trade and industry. It was here that the Russian gun industry originated. In the XIX century and the beginning of the XX century, Tula enterprises of the defense and metal industry were among the largest industrial complexes in Russia. Apart from it, Tula managed to make itself famous due its samovars and gingerbreads.
For the courage, resilience and heroism demonstrated by the city’s defenders during the Great Patriotic War of 1941 – 1945, Tula was officially declared a “City of Military Glory”.
Today’s Tula is a major center of industry, science and culture and well as an important railroad hub in Russia.
The partnership between Volgograd and Tula was officially established in 2002 with the signing of the Agreement on Cooperation.
There is a street in Volgograd called Tulskaya (in the Krasnoarmeisky district) and the Street of Tula Heroes (Traktorozavodsky district).