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Stadtteil of Paderborn
Coat of arms of Elsen
Coat of arms
Elsen  is located in Germany
Coordinates: 51°44′N 8°41′E / 51.733°N 8.683°E / 51.733; 8.683Coordinates: 51°44′N 8°41′E / 51.733°N 8.683°E / 51.733; 8.683
Country Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. region Detmold
District Paderborn
Town Paderborn
 • Mayor Heinz Paus (CDU)
 • Total 20.19 km2 (7.80 sq mi)
Elevation 112 m (367 ft)
Population (2006)
 • Total 15,894
 • Density 790/km2 (2,000/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 33106
Dialling codes 05254
Vehicle registration PB

Elsen is a village in Germany that forms a part of the city Paderborn in North Rhine-Westphalia. Until 1975 Elsen was an autonomous Gemeinde (municipality). As of 2006, Elsen has around 16,000 inhabitants.


Based on discovery of early Germanic and Roman remains near the village, which date back to the third century B.C., it can be assumed that the area was populated by Germanic tribes during this time.

Only very few remains or artifacts exist that shed light on the early development of the village. However, a farm named Ilasan, a subsidiary location of the main farmstead Nigenhus (Neuhaus) is mentioned in a scripture dating back to 1036. In this writing the farm is given to a local clerical collegiate by the bishop of Paderborn. In a 15th-century copy of this document the village is already named "Elesen".

Catholic church St. Dionysius in the centre of Elsen
Monument for the 950th anniversary of Elsen village

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