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“A Fine Old Church” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo)

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
Type: Religious Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Historic Sites
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Drogheda
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“A Fine Old Church”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

We actually only went into the Church because we were waiting for the next tour at the Corrie ten Boom Museum nearby. A fine old Church building, really incredibly large for a town the size of Haarlem. Has a huge pipe organ which was once played by Mozart. The floor appears to be composed of massive stones which serve as the covers for some kind of crypts underneath.

Visited October 2013
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Newton Stewart, Scotland, United Kingdom
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“Large Church in Main Square”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

There are Organ recitals held inside the church there are notices on the dates on a notice board at the entrance door which is at the side. There are interesting places to eat surrounding the church and there is a weekly market held in the square

Visited August 2013
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Bairnsdale, Australia
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“Beautiful architecture, organ and history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Good entrance to the St Barvo Church, many corners with character and frequent music concerts - we attended 2 in 2 days. Great character inside and outside.

Visited September 2013
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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“Step back in history in this large now protestant church”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

The Grote or St.-Bavo Church is right in the centre of town and a 15-20 minute walk from the railway station or the Frans Hals museum. This former Catholic church, but since 1578 a Protestant church, towers over the surrounding buildings.

Do not mistake this church with the Catholic Cathedral of Saint Bavo which is about 2 miles SSW from this church.

The church is built in gothic style and has an interior that seems not touched for centuries. It has lots of nice details like the models from the VOC ships hanging from the ceiling, the pulpit with snakes fleeing the “Word of God” on the handrails, stained glass windows and the original “bread bench” where the poor would get their daily ration of bread.

There are many original grave stones in the floor among which one is on the grave of Frans Hals. Look for the large map on the wall with the original lay-out and numbers of the grave stones.

The organ is beautiful and one of the world's most historically important organs. When it was completed in 1738 it was the largest organ in the world! And just imagine that famous musicians like Mendelssohn, Händel and the 10-year old Mozart (in 1766) played this organ.

There is a coffee corner in the church and the entrance combines with a nice souvenir shop. There is a small entrance fee (Adults € 2,50 = $ 3.35 in August 2013).

Visited August 2013
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Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
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“Beautiful”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

As with all the cathedrals in Europe, it was amazing, grande and awe-inspiring. The stain-glass window with the sun coming through it is always magical. I believe there was a 2euro charge (which seems wrong for a church). But it was worth it. It was quite chilly/drafty at the end of April, so bring a sweater.

Visited April 2013
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