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

Messel
Museum of Fossils
Museum of Fossils
Coat of arms of Messel
Coat of arms
Location of Messel within Darmstadt-Dieburg district
Messel in DA.svg
Messel is located in Germany
Messel
Messel
Messel is located in Hesse
Messel
Messel
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
CountryGermany
StateHesse
Admin. regionDarmstadt
DistrictDarmstadt-Dieburg
Government
 • MayorAndreas Larem
Area
 • Total14.82 km2 (5.72 sq mi)
Elevation
172 m (564 ft)
Population
 (2018-12-31)[1]
 • Total4,090
 • Density280/km2 (710/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
64409
Dialling codes06159
Vehicle registrationDA / DI
Websitewww.messel.de

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.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bevölkerungsstand am 31.12.2018". Hessisches Statistisches Landesamt (in German). July 2019.