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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 #7 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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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

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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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
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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50 reviews 50 reviews
21 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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42 reviews 42 reviews
30 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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57 reviews 57 reviews
27 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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Burlington, Vermont
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155 reviews 155 reviews
32 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
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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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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Haarlem, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Try to listen an organ presentation. It is really amazing! The cathedral simplicity contrasts with the impressive organ.

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Slough, United Kingdom
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32 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

We didn't go inside the cathedral as it was too late for from the outside it is completely stunning. The architecture is really impressive. I wish I could go inside !

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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

We highly recommend this stop if you want to see a pretty old church with rich history. What a lovely town and even more beautiful church. The organ is incredible, and the rest of the church follows. Beautiful paintings, wood work, history, etc. don't miss this!

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