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“Impressive cathedral” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Cathedral of Sint Bavo

Cathedral of Sint Bavo
Leidsevaart 146, 2014 HE Haarlem, The Netherlands
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Manchester
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“Impressive cathedral”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

St Bavo is an impressive cathedral with a very ancient and famous organ. I think Mozart or someone played it.

Some differences about St Bavo. It is mostly brick, because Holland has no local stone. All of the stained glass windows have been destroyed, because of the iconoclasm of the Protestant Reformation. That was the only downside of the Reformation, in that a lot of artwork was destroyed.

Visited June 2013
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Sandefjord, Norway
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“Beautiful cathedral”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Maybe not the most famous cathedral of the world, but still an awesome visit. Lots of cool history as you walk around with your map and explanations. Entry fee is very low.

Visited January 2013
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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“Just Lovely!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

If you have been to Europe you will know that beautiful historic churches are not in short supply however I found The Cathedral of Sint Bavo (or The Grote Kerk or St.-Bavokerk) was just lovely, amazing and different! Go on a market day and it's just wonderful before and after entering the church!

First of all there is a small fee to enjoy the church and I found it worthwhile. I think it's often best to just enjoy on your own but a few things to look for are as follows:

1. The organ. Well you can't miss it but if you are as lucky as I there will be someone playing it. Mozart and Handel have both played on this organ and I found that intoxicating. It sounds and looks just beautiful.

2. Medieval ships. Honestly I don't recall the history but these ships are strung from the ceiling and are models of ships. Thinking about how old they are and what they represent for such a shipping culture if amazing.

3. Graves. You are walking on a bunch of old graves. Pretty odd but cool at the same time. Hundreds of years old.

4. Old map painting of Haarlem.

5. The bronze sculpture of a pelican. This is what the artist thought they look like, pretty cool because it isn't what they look like. ;)

Visited October 2013
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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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