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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
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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

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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

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Reviewed June 10, 2017

How beautiful is this huge church in the middle of Haarlem. Historic. We also enjoyed an organ recital on a Tuesday evening, with a master from the University of Rochester, USA.

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Reviewed April 23, 2017 via mobile

Gorgeous church, enjoyed the Sat. Market in shadow of church, then a beautiful service the next morning. Stunning old church!

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Reviewed April 16, 2017 via mobile

Very impressive. Good free visitor guide available in English to make the most of exploring this magnificent h historic church. Encouraged that the church is still a place in which Jesus is honoured as the Church meet together on Sundays in the summer

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Reviewed April 4, 2017

We say this Cathedral via a canal cruise. It took 150 years to build I think. Just spending 27,000,000 Euro's to renovate one tower. A must to see.

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Reviewed March 31, 2017

Absolutely stunning cathedral - the detail in the workmanship and the newer addition of a fabulous stained glass window merge really seamlessly together

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Reviewed March 26, 2017

The church dominates the Grote Markt or main square of Haarlem. It is only used in Summer for services. It costs 2.50 Euros to visit. Large but nothing special!!

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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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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...More

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