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|Coordinates: 51°47′30″N 12°57′20″E|
|• Mayor||Michael Jahn (SPD)|
|• 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)|
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).
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Culture and Sightseeing
The town is Germany's twelfth-largest municipality by land area, and is thereby about 3 km² bigger than Munich.