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Though the area has been inhabited since the Stone Age, it was founded around the 1st Century BC, when the Alteburg Castle was built.
Today, Essen is known as the home of the Krupp family iron works, for its historic role in the coal and steel industries, the prescence of giant companies and corportations within the city center, its university and hospital, and its modern architecture.
People Born in Essen
Essen in People's Lives
Viktoria Tolstoy: I performed a concert here in 2014, with Jacob Karlzon.