Essen is a small hamlet in the municipality Haren in the province Groningen. It lies between the city of Groningen and the village of Haren. In 1215 a monastery was founded in Essen (or Yesse). It existed until 1594. During the Protestant Reformation it was closed down by the province of Groningen. It was known for having a miraculous statue of Mary (mother of Jesus). Only the terrain on which the monastery was built is recognisable. Today Essen counts twenty farms in a very rural countryside; it is hard to imagine that the centre of the city of Groningen is only 5 km (3 mi) away. The existence of Essen is being threatened by plans to build a new beltway, the Zuidtangent. The municipality of Haren has so far resisted these plans. Wikipedia
Home to pretty treasures, Essen is Netherlands's best kept secret. When planning a trip to Essen, make sure you visit its near-by prime city of Amsterdam. Amsterdam, is a worth visiting city owing to its prime attractions like Amsterdam Museum, Jewish Cultural Quarter, The Rembrandt House Museum. Also, to reach Essen, you'll have to take a flight to Amsterdam; so its not really a detour. And even if it is, the city is worth paying at least a quick visit. Popular vacation packages of Essen are of 1-2 days.
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