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Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo)

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Address: Grote Markt 22, 2011RD Haarlem, The Netherlands
Phone Number: 023 5532040
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Got to hear the organ

This famous organ has been played by Mozart, Handel and Mendelssohn. We were lucky there was a school group there the day we visited and the organist played some tunes. It was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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Reading, PA
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Reading, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

This famous organ has been played by Mozart, Handel and Mendelssohn. We were lucky there was a school group there the day we visited and the organist played some tunes. It was very impressive. The church is beautiful as well and well worth a visit.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Sadly we'd not timed our visit to Haarlem to coincide with an organ recital, however just seeing the interior of this majestic Cathedral was certainly worth the effort. As with Glasgow Cathedral, the Grote Kerk is today a Protestant church, but in the past a Catholic Cathedral. The interior is somewhat sparse compared to English or Italian Cathedrals, but this... More 

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Spangdahlem, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

If your in Haarlem to see the Corrie Ten Boom house it's worth a visit to stop by the church as well. Its literally a 2 min walk from the house and if you use the parking garage near the house/church it'll bring you right up into the walkplatz. Admission was €2,50 for adults and €1,50 for kids over 12.... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Pre-Reformation church that converted to Protestantism in 1538; Handel played on this organ (over 5000 pipes and it still works!) Worth a visit to an otherwise plain (but large) church to see the list of Vicars and the pipes!!

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Moscow, Russia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Very big church for such a small town, looks fascinating. You can imagine how strong effect religion had centuries ago.

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Haarlem, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Also this building sets you back in time when you visit it at the Great Market, in the centre of Haarlem, NL. You will see the massive organ which Mozart has played on as well!!

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 via mobile

The church has several unique features that are not normally seen in a structure this size. The upper tower was removed at one time and replaced with a wooden one - beautifully done and topped with a rooster weathervane. Inside you will see beautiful wooden ceilings. The most outstanding feature is the incredible organ. Magnificent in detail, I can't wait... More 

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Haarlem, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

This church is gorgeous. The architecture, the history and especially the enormous, famous organ. The church is high, light and sparsely decorated (after the Beeldenstorm in earlier centuries). In winter it can be pretty cold inside. And once I saw a small bat flying around in the church;-).

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Uppsala, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

This large cathedral dominates all of Grote Markt in Haarlem. It's like several large buildings in different levels, formed together in one imposing building. Inside there's a large, fantastic organ. The windows are Beautiful, especially the modern window from 2008. Fantastic colours! The church was very cold during our visit, so if you go to a concert or sermon you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The oldest part of the city of Haarlem (city rights in 1245) is build on sand, unlike the moorish soil that consists most of the western Netherlands ("Holland"). There is the central plaza, the "Grote Markt" and also on the sand the old church, originally dedicated to the local patron Saint Bavo (also the patron saint of Flemish Gandt). During... More 

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