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Review of Cathedral of Saint Bavo

Cathedral of Saint Bavo
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$30.01*
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2 Hour Private Walking Tour of Haarlem
Ranked #7 of 55 things to do in Haarlem
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Trondheim, Norway
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79 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Interesting church”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2014

A visit to this church costs 2,50 euros, but it's worth it. The building is really impressive and interesting.

Visited January 2014
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Sandefjord, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Beautiful cathedral”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2013

Maybe not the most famous cathedral of the world, but still an awesome visit. Lots of cool history as you walk around with your map and explanations. Entry fee is very low.

Visited January 2013
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Ithaca, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Even more fun with Rick Steves Guidebook”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2013

Make sure to follow Rick Steves Guidebook to see all the little fun facts about this church. There are marks on one of the columns that show the tallest and shortest people ever to be in Haarlem (the tallest one is over 8 feet tall!). There also is a description about how the "stinking" rich came about as well as some background behind the cannonball in the wall.

All in all, this is the best 2.5 euros I've ever spent.

Visited October 2013
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Viseu, Portugal
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“HARLEEM, The Netherlands”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2013

The place is superb! The concerts at this Church are so magnificent that one really 'fly away'. Stayed in Amsterdam (Ibis Airport - another excelent choice).

Visited September 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“A stunning church with a lively atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2013

We arrived on a Saturday morning from the buzz of the street market in the shadow of the church. The church's quiet majesty was complimented by a free recital being given by a string trio in a side chapel. It was a beautiful experience. There was also excellent coffee and waffles being sold in another area of the church. Great.

Visited October 2013
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