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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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  • I find it strange to have to pay to be in a church. So called "for maintenance". I find it weird to have to pay to pray
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  • If you're going, climb the tower and do the vaults tour. Of course art of Jan Toorop! It is outside the city centre but worth it.
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  • A beautiful Basilica in the middle of Haarlem, inability to trace part of the history of this city.
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  • Beautiful catholic cathedral built between 1895 and 1930 in neo-gothic and neo-roman style, according to a design by architect Jos Cuypers. Try to visit the church, and even better, try to get into one of the sparse tours of the church and its towers and cupola, that are organised by the church itself (keep an eye on the website).
  • Magnificent building, historical feeling
  • Beautiful building.
  • Response to Rob H: the RK Cathedral, also known as the new Bavo, is still in use as the main church of the Diocese of Haarlem-Amsterdam. However, the old Bavo on the market, you are talking about and a picture of shows, is that indeed not. The new Bavo has no wooden roof and not the famous Müller organ. You may want to first check where you drop your review here;)
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  • Great cathedral. If you like Roman Catholic churches please can you here there is plenty to see
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