|• Mayor||Dietmar Brettschneider (CDU)|
|• Total||351.94 km2 (135.88 sq mi)|
|Elevation||72 m (236 ft)|
|• Density||40/km2 (100/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
|Postal codes||06917, 06918, 06926, 06928|
|Dialling codes||03537, 035387, 035389|
|Vehicle registration||WB, GHC, JE|
Jessen is an amalgamated municipality, and has the following subdivisions:
The first documentary evidence of Jessen's existence dates to 1217. On the night of 20 to 21 September 1729, much of the town was destroyed in a fire. After belonging to Saxony for centuries, Jessen became Prussian in 1816.
In 1945, it became part of the state of Saxony-Anhalt. In 1952, owing to East German administrative reforms, Jessen became a district capital in the Cottbus region (Cottbus is nowadays in Brandenburg). In 1990, Jessen once again became part of the newly-refounded state of Saxony-Anhalt. In 1992 came the amalgamation of the communities of Grabo, Gorsdorf-Hemsendorf, Lindwerder and Großkorga, and in 1993, Schweinitz, Gerbisbach, Klossa, Schöneicho, Steinsdorf and Dixförda. With the district reform in 1994, Jessen became part of Wittenberg district, as well as having a further three communities melded with it, namely Battin, Düßnitz and Kleindröben-Mauken. In 1999 came further amalgamations: Arnsdorf, Leipa and Ruhlsdorf mit Rehain. On 1 March 2004 came a further 12, among them Seyda, Holzdorf and Linda (Elster). Some of these formerly independent communities themselves each consisted of more than one centre, and so Jessen now has a total of 47 Stadtteile (constituent communities).
Economy and infrastructure
Culture and Sightseeing
- Historic marketplace in Jessen
- Parish church of St. Nicolai in Jessen
- Schloss Jessen (stately home), since 1999 town council seat
- Parish church of St. Marien in Schweinitz
- Amtshaus in Schweinitz
- Gorsdorf village church
- Kleindröben village church
- Pretzsch-Mauken reaction ferry
- Karl Lamprecht (25 February 1856 – 10 May 1915 in Leipzig), was Professor of History at the University of Leipzig, who is known today mainly for his rôle in the Methodenstreit.
- Herbert Kaiser (16 March 1916 – 5 December 2003) a pilot in the Luftwaffe during World War II
The town is Germany's twelfth-largest municipality by land area, and is thereby about 3 km² bigger than Munich.
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