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Cathedral of Saint Bavo

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Address: Leidsevaart 146, 2014 HE Haarlem, The Netherlands
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+31 23 532 3077
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11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Tue - Fri 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 3:00 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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A striking interior for a Dutch church

After so many stripped-bare church interiors, Saint Bavo was a wonderful surprise: not austere, cold, or bare, and graced with a glorious organ once played by Mozart.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed February 7, 2017
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2017

After so many stripped-bare church interiors, Saint Bavo was a wonderful surprise: not austere, cold, or bare, and graced with a glorious organ once played by Mozart.

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Haarlem, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2016

The restauration of the Bavo cathedral will be fully finished in 2017, but already it's quite clear that Jos Cuyper's masterpiece now even looks better then when it was first opened at the beginning of last century. Even on the outside the colours have been revitalised, and on the inside some new paintings were added. Truly a cathedral which matches... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2016

While having a lovely walk along the tow canal connecting Haarlem to Leiden, called ‘Trekvaart Haarlem-Leiden’, this huge cathedral just popped up in the Dutch landscape like a Fata Morgana. It’s a 19th century construction with a hodgepodge of styles: neo-Romanesque, neo-gothic, Art Nouveau, with a touch of Neo-Moorish thrown in, so it seems. But still the general impression is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016 via mobile

Very nice chapel, if you enjoy stain glass it is worth a visit, chapel is out of the way about a 10 minute walk, nice walk and we even found a market along the way.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016 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 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016

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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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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