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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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The Hague, The Netherlands
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279 reviews 279 reviews
133 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Impressive from the outside, it is also worth stepping inside to view the interior of this imposing church on Haarlem's Grote Markt. Of particular note are the enormous organ pipes, the pulpit with its extravagant canopy, the decorative choir screen and the choir stalls with their misericords. In the Brewers Chapel near the church entrance you can see two marks... More

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Kutztown, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

This massive church dominates the area around the Market Square. It was built in the 1400s as a Catholoc Church, but during the period of religious rebellion is became Protestant. There is still evidence of damage that was done to religious art at that time. The cieling is 150 feet high and the there is an ornate 100 foot high... More

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Atlanta Georgia
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228 reviews 228 reviews
67 attraction reviews
496 helpful votes 496 helpful votes
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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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
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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22 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
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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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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33 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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32 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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