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Cathedral of Saint Bavo

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Address: Leidsevaart 146, 2014 HE Haarlem, The Netherlands
Phone Number: 31235323077
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11:00 am - 2:30 pm
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Tue - Fri 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Cathedral Basilica of St. Bavo (New Bavo) was designed by J.Th. Cuypers...

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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pretty but out of the way

went to mass here on a Saturday evening...about 80 people ther in a church designed to hold thousands!...mass was said at a side altar that made it somewhat cozy. does not... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Pittsford, New York
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Pittsford, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

went to mass here on a Saturday evening...about 80 people ther in a church designed to hold thousands!...mass was said at a side altar that made it somewhat cozy. does not compare favorably to cathedrals in Germany

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This Cathedral is a "one of a kind". First, to be the one in which Corrie ten Boom worshiped, was humbling, but the architecture is truly amazing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A beautiful church with a spectacular organ. Both Handel and Mozart played the organ. It was very cheap to get in and well worth the stop.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2016

We are Catholic so enjoy visiting Catholic churches wherever we travel. This one, though, is just majestic. We spent probably 2 hours meandering around this beautiful cathedral. Highly recommend regardless of your faith. It is a sight to see with outstanding architecture and artwork.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2016 via mobile

As with many European cathedrals, there is such beauty in the architecture. This one has history and a beautifully restored Pipe Organ. There is a fee to enter the church which was disappointing but it was under €5.

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Kelso
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2016

An interesting church with an incredible organ which Mozart is reported to have played as a child. Also contains the oldest safe in Haarlem and some rather unexpected gargoyles. Worth a visit if you're in the area. Entry is through a shop. Toilets available.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2016 via mobile

Open while under construction This is a very impressive building with stunning art pieces!! I'm always amazed when I find the amazing paintings and sculptures that they've done in the older churches and saddened to see that all of that is lost in the modern ones. This cathedral is certainly worth a visit. The people are so lovely and at... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2016

This church was built to be the cathedral for the bishop of Haarlem and Amsterdam, starting around 1900 and finished in 1930. You may visit the church from tuesday to saturday (there is an entrance fee), on sundays there is mass. I used to think that the building, just outside the centre of Haarlem, was most beautiful from the outside.But... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2016

Visited Haarlem many times and never visited the church. A very impressive building from the outside but inside is a wealth of local history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

we visited this cathedral in mid-April just before Queen's day. It was gorgeously decorated with lilies throughout, in the little chapels and spiraling up to the top of the central dome. lots of history. we did enjoy it.

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