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The Musiktheater im Revier (MiR) Opera House of Gelsenkirchen

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Gelsenkirchen is located in Germany
Coordinates: 51°31′0″N 07°06′0″E / 51.51667°N 7.10000°E / 51.51667; 7.10000Coordinates: 51°31′0″N 07°06′0″E / 51.51667°N 7.10000°E / 51.51667; 7.10000
Kintra Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalie
Admin. region Münster
Destrict Urban district
 • Laird Mayor Frank Baranowski (SPD)
 • Tot 104.84 km2 (40.48 sq mi)
Elevation 60 m (200 ft)
Population (2013-12-31)[1]
 • Tot 257,850
 • Density 2,500/km2 (6,400/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 45801-45899
Diallin codes 0209
Vehicle registration GE

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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