Tolyatti, also known in English as Togliatti, is a city in Samara Oblast, Russia. It is the largest city in Russia which does not serve as the administrative center of a federal subject.
Internationally, the city is best known as the home of Russia's largest car manufacturer AvtoVAZ (Lada), which was founded in the late 1960s.It was founded in 1737 as a fortress called Stavropol (Ста?врополь) by the Russian statesman Vasily Tatishchev.
Informally it was often referred as Stavropol-on-Volga (Ста?врополь-на-Во?лге, Stavropol-na-Volge) to distinguish from Stavropol, a large city in southwest Russia.
The construction of the Kuybyshev Dam and Hydroelectric Station on the Volga River in the 1950s created the Kuybyshev Reservoir,
which covered the existing location of the city, and it was completely
rebuilt on a new site.
In 1964, the city was renamed Tolyatti (after Palmiro Togliatti, the longest-serving secretary of the Italian Communist Party).
- Togliatti Technical Museum
- AvtoVAZ Museum (Lada automobiles)
- Togliatti museum of local lore