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Cathedral of Saint Bavo

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Address: Leidsevaart 146, 2014 HE Haarlem, The Netherlands
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+31 23 532 3077
10:00 - 16:00
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Tue - Fri 10:00 - 16:00
Sat 11:00 - 15:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Cathedral Basilica of St. Bavo (New Bavo) was designed by J.Th. Cuypers...

The Cathedral Basilica of St. Bavo (New Bavo) was designed by J.Th. Cuypers and built in the period from 1895 to 1930. The Cathedral Basilica is based on the classic form of a three-aisled basilica with chapels along the aisles and chapels along the choir. Because construction took a lot of time and a period of lack of funds in the diocese building temporarily brought, Cuypers was given the opportunity to present his designs several adjustments during construction and perform. The building therefore has an eclectic style, mainly neo-Romanesque and neo-Gothic elements alongside Moorish and Assyrian ornament shapes and influences of Art Nouveau and the architect H. P. Berlage. Recently artworks of Jan Dibbets, Gijs Frieling and Marc Mulders were added to the interior. Without doubt a very special building. Activities at this monument: KathedraalMuseum, Willibrord Organ plus periodically vault tours and climbing the towers.

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Beautiful Heart to City

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

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Jo R
Mountlake Terrace, Washington
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Mountlake Terrace, Washington
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

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

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Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

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 as the Church meet together on Sundays in the summer

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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 4 April 2017

We say this Cathedral via a canal cruise. It took 150 years to build I think. Just spending 27,000,000 Euro's to renovate one tower. A must to see.

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Limerick, Ireland
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Reviewed 31 March 2017

Absolutely stunning cathedral - the detail in the workmanship and the newer addition of a fabulous stained glass window merge really seamlessly together

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 26 March 2017

The church dominates the Grote Markt or main square of Haarlem. It is only used in Summer for services. It costs 2.50 Euros to visit. Large but nothing special!!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 7 February 2017

After so many stripped-bare church interiors, Saint Bavo was a wonderful surprise: not austere, cold, or bare, and graced with a glorious organ once played by Mozart.

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Haarlem, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 19 December 2016

The restauration of the Bavo cathedral will be fully finished in 2017, but already it's quite clear that Jos Cuyper's masterpiece now even looks better then when it was first opened at the beginning of last century. Even on the outside the colours have been revitalised, and on the inside some new paintings were added. Truly a cathedral which matches... More 

Thank GJK1962-6
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Reviewed 29 November 2016

While having a lovely walk along the tow canal connecting Haarlem to Leiden, called ‘Trekvaart Haarlem-Leiden’, this huge cathedral just popped up in the Dutch landscape like a Fata Morgana. It’s a 19th century construction with a hodgepodge of styles: neo-Romanesque, neo-gothic, Art Nouveau, with a touch of Neo-Moorish thrown in, so it seems. But still the general impression is... More 

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Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

Very nice chapel, if you enjoy stain glass it is worth a visit, chapel is out of the way about a 10 minute walk, nice walk and we even found a market along the way.

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Pittsford, New York
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Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

went to mass here on a Saturday evening...about 80 people ther in a church designed to hold thousands!...mass was said at a side altar that made it somewhat cozy. does not compare favorably to cathedrals in Germany

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