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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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Afula, Israel
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41 reviews 41 reviews
29 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
114 helpful votes 114 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
12 helpful votes 12 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
18 helpful votes 18 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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Atlanta, Georgia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

5000 pipes for one organ, the ornate gorgeous design, stained glass windows, and the bells of the steeple that will sing to a soul desiring a taste of dutch culture. I couldn't take enough photos - absolutely breathtaking structure towering over the surrounding Grote Market !

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Abilene, Texas
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18 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

St Bavo is a typical European church with all the trimmings. What made St Bavo so special is the pamphlet they give you when you walk in. It lists all the sights in the church in a very easily followed map in several different languages.

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Armidale, Australia
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

It is almost hard to believe this is not a Catholic church, it has all the grandeur of one. It is also has an organ of world reknown. Mozart and Handel both played here. Try to time your visit to Haarlem when there is a recital played on this instrument. You will have to check the web page of the... More

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