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Coat of arms of Messel
Coat of arms
Messel   is located in Germany
Coordinates: 49°56′N 08°44′E / 49.933°N 8.733°E / 49.933; 8.733Coordinates: 49°56′N 08°44′E / 49.933°N 8.733°E / 49.933; 8.733
Country Germany
State Hesse
Admin. region Darmstadt
District Darmstadt-Dieburg
 • Mayor Andreas Larem
 • Total 14.82 km2 (5.72 sq mi)
Elevation 172 m (564 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 3,972
 • Density 270/km2 (690/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 64409
Dialling codes 06159
Vehicle registration DA / DI

Messel is a municipality in the district of Darmstadt-Dieburg in Hesse near Frankfurt am Main in Germany.

The village is first mentioned, as Masilla, in the Lorsch codex. Messel was the property of the lords of Groschlag from ca. 1400 to 1799. After the extinction of the Groschlag male lineage, the village would have passed to the Archbishopric of Mainz but the population refused to accept this transition and paid homage to the daughters of the Groschlag family instead. The minister of the archbishopric, von Albini, consequently occupied the village with a force of 50 hussars. In 1806, the village fell to the Grand Duchy of Hesse.

The nearby Messel pit is an important site for Eocene fossils.