The first mention of the city in history was in 1182. It remained a tiny village until the 19th Century, when it became more industrialized, which propelled it to major growth and prosperity.
Today, Jena is considered one of the leading cities in German technology, industry, and innovation. It is also known for its university, architecture, factories, and beautiful natural location in a large valley.
People Born in Jena
Jena in People's Lives
Napoleon Bonaparte: I won the Battle of Jena-Auerstedt here in 1806, with a crushing victory over the armies of Frederick William III of Prussia. The morale of the enemy was completely shattered.