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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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Beautiful church. Big organ, which makes great music. Even Mozart played here when he was ten years old.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Marloes R
Haarlem, The Netherlands
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Haarlem, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Beautiful church. Big organ, which makes great music. Even Mozart played here when he was ten years old.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The story of the church and the city of Haarlem are closely connected and not just in the 17th century. The church has played an important role in the historry of the city and this can still be see during a visit (2,50 entree = worth it). Look at the fantastic ceiling, the organ (when you're Lucky thre might be... More 

Thank werdlerswereld
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A lovely church worth visiting. Great stories to be told and magnificant architecture. Have a look yourself

Thank Maarten N
Rossendale, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Originally this was the Roman Catholic Church of St Bavo. Sadly now its only use is for tourists and the occasional concert. Now known locally as Grote Kerk it certainly dominates the landscape and provides a valuable focus point. But worship has now transferred to the newer St Bavo Cathedral. Haarlem's own artistic son Frans Hals is buried here.

Thank bikingeagle
Tampa, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

This is beautiful piece of history. The organ is a must see. Mozart played the organ in this church.

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Huntersville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

This church is right in Grote Markt Square and it's worth seeing. We happened to "sneak" in right after a service and walked around the huge interior. Walking on the uneven stone floors was interesting since the entire floor is actually a burial ground. In the old days, the rich church patrons were buried underneath the floor which lead to... More 

Thank doneill241
Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

Originally a Roman Catholic church, it came into Reformed hands in the 1570s. As a consequence we get to see a large late-Gothic church stripped of much of the decoration that is common in Catholic churches. This church is focused on the pulpit and the huge 18th-century organ. However, the choir screen is very nice, and a leisurely tour around... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

So lovely that this church is very much part of the local community. We were lucky to go in when someone was actually playing the wonderful organ as we had just missed the last public concert for the season.

Thank Rosalind L
Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

Huge church with a huge pipe organ. Interesting history located on the main square. They do have recitals on the organ on a scheduled basis.

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Rego Park, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

Hard to believe, but the organ in this church is so magnificent that it literally steals the show from the main altar on the opposite end of the building. It is an organ played by Mozart and Handel and is said to be the largest such organ in Holland. I believe it. There are other attractions in the church as... More 

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