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Cathedral of Saint Bavo

Leidsevaart 146, 2014 HE Haarlem, The Netherlands
+31 23 532 3077
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The Cathedral Basilica of St. Bavo (New Bavo) was designed by J.Th. Cuypers and built in the period from 1895 to 1930. The Cathedral Basilica is based on the classic form of a three-aisled basilica with chapels along the aisles and chapels along the choir. Because construction took a lot of time and a period of lack of funds in the diocese building temporarily brought, Cuypers was given the opportunity to present his designs several adjustments during construction and perform. The building therefore has an eclectic style, mainly neo-Romanesque and neo-Gothic elements alongside Moorish and Assyrian ornament shapes and influences of Art Nouveau and the architect H. P. Berlage. Recently artworks of Jan Dibbets, Gijs Frieling and Marc Mulders were added to the interior. Without doubt a very special building. Activities at this monument: KathedraalMuseum, Willibrord Organ plus periodically vault tours and climbing the towers.
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Leidsevaart 146, 2014 HE Haarlem, The Netherlands
+31 23 532 3077
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Did not go into the church but from the outside it is impressive to see. There are different buidling styles (from Gothic to Berlage) and the interesting thing is that the clock towers were build as a fund raiser between man and woman. The woman...More

Thank Marcus_NL1234
wfd258, Public Relations Manager at Cathedral of Saint Bavo, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Your welcome to visit our church again and enjoy the inside. Please visit nieuwebavo.nl for openinghours in nov/dec. Maybe around Xmas?

Reviewed October 16, 2017

If you are lucky you will be there when there is a recital. We were moved by the sound and acoustics of this magnificent Cathedral. Truly a must see in Haarlem.

Thank HapyGuy7
Reviewed October 4, 2017 via mobile

Once a month the tower is open - worth the climb - great views and excellent guided tour. Only suitable for 12+ as at the top the original design of the balustrade has gaps at floor height - safe for older children and adults but...More

Thank Katytheviolinist
wfd258, Public Relations Manager at Cathedral of Saint Bavo, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

thank you.

Reviewed October 2, 2017

The history is as interesting as the church itself. The organ was played by Mozart and is one of the biggest in Europe. Amazing sound in an amazing building that has had many lives and transformations.

Thank BarEEE
Reviewed August 14, 2017

The second huge cathedral in Haarlem, which you can't missing! Also super beautiful, but this time you can't find here restaurants close by, where you can sit down.. But.. here is kind of park :)

Thank Cyraga
Reviewed July 24, 2017 via mobile

We visited on a sunny summer day which helped to see the stained glass at its best. The mixture of Amsterdamse school, neo-classic and art deco made a massive impression on us. The crypt contained a small exhibition of art and design which places the...More

Thank Arlene5826
Reviewed July 19, 2017

I have been married here, Our children were Baptized here. Restauration perfect, cellar great, Windows etc etc. climbing the towers to see over Haarlem. And give them a large tip when leaving so they can use it for the last restauration project !

Thank AlbadaJelgersma
Reviewed July 15, 2017

The exterior of this church is beyond beautiful and elaborate. Even if you cannot get in (renovations underway prevented entry on our visit in July 2017), the exterior is worth seeing. If going inside is your main goal, check to make sure it is open....More

Thank BobTennessee
Reviewed July 11, 2017

This Cathedral is right in the center of Haarlem. . .Frans Hals did paintings of this thing in the 17th century--you can stand in the square and see where he stood while working. The interior is magnificent...lots of nooks and crannies to explore. Really nice...More

Thank stardust2newyorkcity
Reviewed July 8, 2017 via mobile

I previously reviewed the Cathedral after attending a fabulous all-Bach concert on its historic organ. Tonight we attended a vocal concert by a top Dutch vocal quartet, the Damask Vocal Quartet, snd found the acoustics for the voice fantastic. There are many concerts here and...More

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