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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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Always amazes me to see the beautiful old churches filled with history, and the details from stained class to the wood work that shows such care. The church has an amazing pipe... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Fort Worth, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Always amazes me to see the beautiful old churches filled with history, and the details from stained class to the wood work that shows such care. The church has an amazing pipe organ that was played and filled the church and i can only imagine being there for a celebration. A great stop as you walk the streets or Harrlem.

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Seriously what did everyone else see? Maybe I'm spoilt coming from England where local churches never mind cathedrals are twice as spectacular and free to enter. The interior is very simple and plain. Does not live up to the exterior or the cheeky entrance fee. This was 2.50 Euro wasted. However Haarlem itself is a gem of a city and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Beautiful and monstrous from the outside. It's so big, wherever in Haarlem you are; you see it. I live near it, I've been inside a couple of times and it's amazingly beautiful. And big.

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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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