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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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Amazing Church in Harlem, NL

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!!

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 12, 2015
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Haarlem, The Netherlands
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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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Haarlem, The Netherlands
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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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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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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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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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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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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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44 reviews 44 reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 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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