Cathedral of Saint Bavo, Haarlem

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View a source of pride for the citizens of Haarlem at Cathedral of Saint Bavo, an elaborate Gothic structure built during the 13th century. As you approach, try to spot the tower that rises above everything else. Renaissance and Baroque art decorates the main cathedral, including the pulpit sculpture, the tombstone of Bishop Triest, and the mesmerizing painting of Saint Bavo Entering the Monastery. If you have a chance to explore the crypt under the choir, more paintings and church artifacts await. Before you leave, take a few moments to visit the former sacristy, which has been converted into a museum displaying historical artifacts from Haarlem's Catholic past. With our custom trip planner, Haarlem attractions like Cathedral of Saint Bavo can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • August 14, 2017
    The second huge cathedral in Haarlem, which you can't missing! Also super beautiful, but this time you can't find here restaurants close by, where you can sit down.. But.. here is kind of park :)  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    At a time when we find out that we also have many beautiful churches in Netherlands, a visit to the St. Bavo in Haarlem. Costs virtually nothing and it is well worth the effort. Certainly if the organ is rehearsed. Sounds in the Church considerably better than on CD. Please note details of which come in a large extent.
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  • July 26, 2017
    Located on the Spaarne is the Cathedral Basilica Church named after the patron saint of Haarlem. Building master and architect Jos Cuypers. He was inspired by nature. That you see in the Interior. Everywhere you see motifs from nature such as leaves. On the outside you will discover different influences, including Moorish ookj. A total of 140 different artists worked. Including Han Mugwort. A fascinating exhibition about him appeared in the Cathedral museum. A staircase at the back of the Church leads to this fascinating museum.
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Many visitors to Haarlem choose to stay in the historical town center, which offers easy access to the city's outstanding museums. Centrally located four- and five-star rooms and suites offer all the amenities you need, but they also come at a steep price. For slightly less expensive lodgings, check out the good-value guesthouses and self-catering apartments just minutes from the city's main train station. You can also visit Haarlem from nearby Amsterdam, which offers a greater variety of affordable hotel and hostel rooms.
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