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ABOUT TULA REGION

Tula region was formed on September 26, 1937. The administrative centre of Tula region is the City of Tula, which was founded in 1146. There are 21 towns (including large cities — Tula, Novomoskovsk, Aleksin, Shchekiono, Uzlovaya and Efremov) and 23 districts. Tula region is situated in the centre of the European part of Russia, in the Central Russian Upland inside the steppe and forest-steppe zones. It borders on Moscow region in the north and north-east, Ryazan region in the east, Lipetsk region in the south, Orel region in the south and south-east and Kaluga region in the west and north-west. The territory of Tula region is 25,7 thousand square kilometers (0, 15% of the territory of Russia). Maximum length of the region from the north to the south is 200 km, and 190 km from the west to the east. Tula region has a developed transport network used for freight and passenger transportation. Such important federal highways as "Moscow—The Crimea", "Moscow—Don", "Kaluga—Tula—Mikhailov—Ryazan", "Kaluga—Peremyshl—Belev—Orel" run through the region. Large trunk railways link Tula with other Russian regions and countries of near and far abroad.

Land resources are the basis of natural weald in Tula region. About 75% of land is used by agriculture. The region is characterized by a great variety of raw material resources: brown coal, pyrites, limestone, fire clays, sands, gypsum, rock salt, phosphorites. There are deposits of noble metals, polymetals, cadmium, copper, silver, barium, lithium, which are suitable for commercial development. Prolific climatic conditions, rich natural complex and historic-cultural potential of Tula region enable developing active forms of tourism: rural, ecological and recreational tourism; hunting and fishing; historical and ethnographic trips; pilgrimage to holy places. Land resources are the basis of natural weald in Tula region. About 75% of land is used by agriculture. The region is characterized by a great variety of raw material resources: brown coal, pyrites, limestone, fire clays, sands, gypsum, rock salt, phosphorites. There are deposits of noble metals, polymetals, cadmium, copper, silver, barium, lithium, which are suitable for commercial development. Prolific climatic conditions, rich natural complex and historic-cultural potential of Tula region enable developing active forms of tourism: rural, ecological and recreational tourism; hunting and fishing; historical and ethnographic trips; pilgrimage to holy places.

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