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Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo)

Grote Markt 22, 2011RD Haarlem, The Netherlands (Centrum)
023 5532040
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Ranked #6 of 14 Attractions in Haarlem
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Historic Sites
Traveler Description: Perhaps the greatest highlight of this charming authentic Dutch city, the Bavokerk is at least 900 years old and boasts a cobblestone floor whose... more »
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Atlanta Georgia
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224 reviews 224 reviews
67 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

I could not come up with a more clever title. As with most elaborate churches in Europe, this one was originally constructed Catholic. But he protestors took over after the reformation. The claim to fame is now the organ which reportedly has 5,000 pipes. The church claims that as a ten year old Mozart played this organ (who knows, it... More

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Historic spot in the center of Haarlem. Dominates the city of the painter Frans Hals (Frans Hals museum) and the oldest museum of the netherlands: Teylers Museum from 1780

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014 via mobile

In Haarlem now and went there today. You can really sense the history. It was easy to feel peaceful as well as respectful of the art, architecture, fine detail in the wood carvings & stained glass and the stunning organ. The organ steals the show at around 100 feet high with over 5,000 pipes. Mozart (at age 10!) and Handel... More

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Definitely worth a visit! Try to schedule your visit during an organ concert and/or rehearsal - it's incredibly beautiful! Fun fact: Mozart played on this organ when he was 10!

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Haarlem, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

If you dont mind stepping on gravestones... And dont mind admiring an organ Mozart played on... This is a nice visit..

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This is a beautiful church. We were lucky enough to be here on an evening when they did an organ concert and it was truly remarkable, such a moving experience. The next day we came back and toured the church during the day, it has such a wonderful history. If you are in Haarlem, you will want to visit this... More

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Afula, Israel
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Take your time; it's worth it. Each corner, wall and alcove talks cultural, material, municipal and religious history. See the organ the 10 year-old Mozart played on commemorated with a plaque hung near it. The English brochure indeed is a key for many of the artifacts; get your bearings and follow the sights; read and you will learn. Note the... More

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I have visited a few churches over the years , which is interesting because I am not religious. This church is worth seeing if not for the huge organ pipes and the graves , which interestingly has some graves with very English sounding names. Must be due to trade no doubt. Well worth seeing never the less.

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Burlington, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Combine both the church's leaflet and the Rick Steves' tour and it's an interesting visit to a remarkable church with a lot of history as well as some unusual features.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

The admission fee is €2.50 per adult but it is so worth it. The church is beautiful and there is plenty to see. You are given a leaflet in your chosen language so you can learn more about the history of the church. Definitely worth a visit and an excellent location - situated in central Haarlem

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