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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)
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Ranked #3 of 38 things to do in Haarlem
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Drogheda
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321 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
“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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“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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San Francisco
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“Sublime”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

I had planned to take in one of the weekly organ concerts here, and what with one thing or another, we didn't make it to Haarlem from Amsterdam on the right night (I think it's Tuesdays at 8:15pm).

I was, however, pleasantly surprised to have the organ going full-tilt when I arrived the next day during the early afternoon. The organist was practicing bits and pieces of various Bach compositions, and the organ is indeed spectacular, both in sight and sound. Mozart and Handel played here, so, well, there you go.

The rest of the cathedral is beautiful with lots of great things to see... the carvings on the choir in particular are really beautiful.

Rick Steves has a nice little walk-through of the other things to see in the church in his Amsterdam, Brussels and Bruges book.

Even if you don't luck out and hear the organ being played, this is a must-visit attraction.

Visited September 2013
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Washington, DC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Great space”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

This huge church is the largest in the Netherlands. In the center of lovely Haarlem, as charming as it gets. See Frans Hals's tomb, beautiful organ, bare church after the iconoclasts had done their work.

Visited September 2013
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