Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo), Haarlem

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At Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo), view one of the largest and most beautiful organs in the world, a 1738 Muller that has been played by musicians like G.F. Handel and Mozart. This capacious Pre-Reformation church was converted to Protestantism in 1538. Walk around and view the inner and outer details by yourself, or take one of the guided tours offered in five languages: English, Dutch, German, French, and Spanish. Put Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo) on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Haarlem vacation trip planner.
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  • August 15, 2017
    From afar, you the St. Bavo Cathedral, a former Catholic Church, which has been conquered by the Protestants during the Reformation. An amazing building. Happy empty because no activities, so you can see everything. Particularly noteworthy are the wooden vaults and tombs. Also the organ is very beautiful. We have very much enjoyed.
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  • August 12, 2017
    We were staying just a stone's throw from the Church and from the skylight of the Studio we could see its grandeur. At the center of the main square, Grote Markt, surrounded by bars and various some very noisy in a mixture might be more pleasant and abroad still allowed that in some Italian cities. Saint Bavo of Ghent, was a Belgian monk venerated by Catholics, the Church was built in the late 19th century and the 1930s and has a neo-Gothic imprint, complete with a stained glass window and upward thrust. Being throughout the day in Amsterdam or in other places, in the evening was not open, so we have seen only from the outside. The entry anyway you pay. It seems that inside there to organise concerts.
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  • August 11, 2017
    This church is a real gem. On entering we received an information leaflet in English pointing out the various highlights. There is an organ which was played by Mozart and Handel. We were lucky to hear...  more »
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  • July 1, 2017
    Great pricing for a beautiful church! Have multiple languages so all can visit. Has a decent amount of history to learn from and amazing organ from which Mozart played. Great experience:)
  • February 13, 2017
    Very nice cathedral. Elegant and traditional; very beautiful. The local market is a place to visit. Great to mingle with the locals.
  • March 15, 2017
    Nice, traditional Flemish cathedral. The square is nice as well. Entrance to the church is ticketed.
  • February 13, 2017
    Most beautiful cathedral of the Netherlands. It has the world's most famous pipe organ.
  • April 5, 2017
    Best time with my mother before she passed here.

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