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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 April 10, 2016

Simply one of the most beautiful churches I have ever seen. Although it is a bit away from the center, it is in front of a beautiful canal with a gorgoues green area. Outside or inside, the view is stunning, you’ll want to take millions...More

1  Thank DarlanPolignac
Reviewed March 8, 2016

Wonderful restored Catholic cathedral in Haarlem - a must for Christmas and Easter celebrations! Easy parking or just cycle there

Thank Tony R
Reviewed February 23, 2016

The architecture is exquisite, interiors are wonderful, location is ideal,a definitely not to be missed in Haarlem

Thank EUcivilization
Reviewed February 9, 2016

It is a little bit outside the center so maybe you might skip it on your visit because of that. I did that many times, but it is certainly worth a visit if you love history and architecture.

Thank LeavingHolland
Reviewed December 7, 2015

So beautiful place. You should go there. It looks like an old ancient castle. Inside you can see Gothic architecture, grand dome like Notre Damme.

Thank Elena_Sabelnikova
Reviewed October 12, 2015

A beautifully designed brick cathedral that towers high over the neighborhood (and can be seen in line with the "old Saint Bavo" from the west of Haarlem). Used to house Holland's most famous boy choir.

1  Thank Mick B
Reviewed October 12, 2015

Almost all the reviews here are confusing this Cathedral with Grote of St. Bavokerk (also known as Church of St. Bavo) and off-course people posted lots of pictures of the wrong church. So let's make it clear: this is a Catholic Cathedral, it was built...More

2  Thank gordium2013
Reviewed October 5, 2015

This is one of the great churches in The Netherlands. I actually enjoyed it more then the Olde and Nuwe churches in Amsterdam. There were fewer people and the history is every bit as rich.

Thank Coolhead55
Reviewed October 2, 2015

Truly Beautiful Cathedral, well looked after and the staff in the shop/ticket office were absolutely delightful!

1  Thank Megmara
Reviewed September 22, 2015

So incredibly stunning from the outside, too bad I couldn't see it from the inside, but I was already impressed enough.

Thank Karin O
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