Despite the changes in Tula’s canvas throughout the last century and more recently, there still exist whole areas in the heart of the city that have preserved their appearance almost completely. There are several streets in the center of the city that are almost totally comprised of old wooden town houses. Sergei Gusev, a historian of Tula whose books I have mentioned in my earlier posts, writes that in pre-revolutionary times these quarters have been favored by the city’s professionals such as lawyers and doctors. To this day many of these houses still stand unaltered. And although some look unpopulated, some have been restored by new owners and others are neighbors to an occasional office or a big apartment complex constructed recently, an atmosphere of an old city remains here.
An old water pump.
A reflection of a new building constructed across the street.
Old gardens are in bloom every Spring here.