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. Make Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo) part of your personalized Haarlem itinerary using our Haarlem trip planner .
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  • A beautiful church with tour or by means of a directory. An organ so great never seen and a ceiling so beautiful.
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  • Special place, beautiful organ. a must do if you are in Haarlem. For example if you visit the Corrie ten Boom Museum.
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  • Beautiful church with lots of wood panelling. Clearly not a Catholic Church but no gold and images but wood and simplicity! Beautiful!
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  • Make sure you include the St Bavo Church into your itinerary if visiting the quaint city of Haarlem. The organ (played once by Mozart) is definitely the centrepiece in the church and cannot be missed.
  • Beautiful large church. Amazing ceilings and windows. Massive church organ. The floor tomb stones are well worn. Some tomb stones have interesting heralds or other stone carvings.
  • Lovely church with a very impressive organ. Would love to have heard it playing. Does not cost much admission charge. Worth a visit.
  • Beautiful church with world famous orgel. Mozard played here. The orgel is very big. Sometimes there is a orgel concert. Don't go on saturday or sunday, then it is too crowded.
  • 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:)

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