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Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo)

Address: Grote Markt 22, 2011RD Haarlem, The Netherlands (Centrum)
Phone Number: 023 5532040
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Ranked #6 of 14 Attractions in Haarlem
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Haarlem, The Netherlands
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69 reviews 69 reviews
48 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
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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29 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
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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31 reviews 31 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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Amstelveen, The Netherlands
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55 reviews 55 reviews
33 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

Beautiful interior and very interesting history. They provide brochures in different languages. What caught my attention is the organ that was played by Mozart when he was 10 years old, the tomb of Frans Hal within the church and a sign within the church reminding people of the terrible time during the Spanish siege, so terrible that they had to... More 

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Waterloo, Belgium
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54 reviews 54 reviews
30 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

This formerly RomanCatholic Cathedral - with its oriins going back to the IXth Century - was consecrated in 1559 & seized only a few years later by the Protestants & turned into a "Temple". The gothic exterior suffered from "neo"-gothic" additions in the XIXth Century. The famous organ has being played by G.F. Händel, Mozart (at 10 years old) &... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

When we visited my mother and I wandered around the church with the guide and enjoyed ourselves, and were about to leave when we heard a gentleman explaining some things about the church. We stopped to listen in and ask him a question however the lovely man then took us back into the church and showed us some of the... More 

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Heemstede, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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43 reviews 43 reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Located on the Grote Markt, in the center of Haarlem, you can see the church already from far away when approaching the city. This 14th-16th century church is a landmark. It was built as a catholic church but after the Spanish revolution turned into a protestant one, which is why it looks a little bare, typical calvinistic. The huge pillars... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Amazing organ which is set up to play a short piece every so often. A very impressive building with a floor entirely of gravestones. Not used for services in the winter - no heating I suspect!

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Belgrade, Serbia
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141 reviews 141 reviews
87 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Located in the heart of Haarlem, on the Grote Markt, this Gothic church is its main landmark. It was built as a catholic church in 14-16th century, but later confiscated to become protestant one. Inside huge organ (used to be the largest in the world) is one of the attractions, as well as a model of the ship, donated by... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Well worth a visit. Preferred this church to the others we visited in Amsterdam. The only drawback was that it is not permitted to climb the tower unless you are a part of an organised tour with a guide.

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