- Essen, Netherlands
1215a monastery was founded in Essen (or Yesse). It existed until 1594. During the reformation it was closed down by the province of Groningen. It was known for having a miraculous statue of Mary (mother of Jesus). Not a trace of the monastery has been left.
Today's Essen only counts twenty farms in a very rural countryside; it is hard to imagine that the center of the city of Groningen is only 10 minutes away.
The existence of Essen is being threatened by plans to build a new
beltway, the "Zuidtangent". The municipality of Haren has so far resisted these plans.
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