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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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Where to stay in Haarlem

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