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“Beautiful ceilings” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cathedral of Sint Bavo

Cathedral of Sint Bavo
Leidsevaart 146, Haarlem 2014 HE, The Netherlands
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Ranked #2 of 14 attractions in Haarlem
Type: Churches/ Cathedrals
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“Beautiful ceilings”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013 via mobile

The cathedral is very well kept up with beautiful stain glass windows, massive organ and spectacular ceilings. It only cost 2.5 euro to enter.

Visited November 2013
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Ithaca, New York
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“Even more fun with Rick Steves Guidebook”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

Make sure to follow Rick Steves Guidebook to see all the little fun facts about this church. There are marks on one of the columns that show the tallest and shortest people ever to be in Haarlem (the tallest one is over 8 feet tall!). There also is a description about how the "stinking" rich came about as well as some background behind the cannonball in the wall.

All in all, this is the best 2.5 euros I've ever spent.

Visited October 2013
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“HARLEEM, The Netherlands”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

The place is superb! The concerts at this Church are so magnificent that one really 'fly away'. Stayed in Amsterdam (Ibis Airport - another excelent choice).

Visited September 2013
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“A stunning church with a lively atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

We arrived on a Saturday morning from the buzz of the street market in the shadow of the church. The church's quiet majesty was complimented by a free recital being given by a string trio in a side chapel. It was a beautiful experience. There was also excellent coffee and waffles being sold in another area of the church. Great.

Visited October 2013
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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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