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The Musiktheater im Revier (MiR) Opera House of Gelsenkirchen
The Musiktheater im Revier (MiR) Opera House of Gelsenkirchen
Coat o airms o Gelsenkirchen
Gelsenkirchen is located in Germany
Coordinates 51°31′0″N 7°06′0″E / 51.51667°N 7.10000°E / 51.51667; 7.10000
Kintra Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalie
Admin. region Münster
Destrict Urban destrict
Laird Mayor Frank Baranowski (SPD)
Basic statistics
Aurie 104.84 km2 (40.48 sq mi)
Elevation 60 m  (197 ft)
Population 257,607 (31 Dizember 2012)[1]
 - Density 2,457 /km2 (6,364 /sq mi)
Ither information
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Licence plate GE
Postal codes 45801-45899
Aurie code 0209

Gelsenkirchen (German pronunciation: [ˌɡɛlzənˈkɪʁçən]) is a ceety in North Rhine-Westphalie, Germany. It is locatit in the northren pairt o the Ruhr aurie. Its population in 2006 wis c. 267,000.

Gelsenkirchen wis first documentit in 1150, but it remained a smaa veelage till the 19t century, when the Industrial Revolution led tae the growth o the entire aurie. In 1840, when the minin o coal began, 6000 inhabitants livit in Gelsenkirchen; in 1900 the population haed increased tae 138,000.

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