It was first mentioned in history in 1146. During the Middle Ages, the city was a minor fortress, which was reconstructed into a kremlin citadel beginning in 1514. After that, it became a key citadel town, often fought over.
Today, Tula is known for its architecture, history, churches, beauty, orphanage, metalworking, and music.
People Born in Tula
Tula in People's Lives
Leo Tolstoy: I began spending much time around 1848, when I was an unruly 20 year old. I traveled into this city in order to drink and gamble, and within a few years had accumulated massive gambling debts.
Peter the Great: I visted this city in 1712, when I commissioned elite blacksmiths to build the first armory factory in Russia here. Within 30 years, this city would become the greatest ironworking center of Eastern Europe.