In Haarlem now and went there today. You can really sense the history. It was easy to feel peaceful as well as respectful of the art, architecture, fine detail in the wood carvings & stained glass and the stunning organ. The organ steals the show at around 100 feet high with over 5,000 pipes. Mozart (at age 10!) and Handel played the organ, which was constructed in the 1730's. It is the largest in the Netherlands. The longer you look at what the Grote Kerk has, inside and out, the more exquisite detail you can see. It especially inspiring when you stand right in the center, called "the crossing" and slowly look in all directions (up & down too!) to take it all in. Lending even more historical weightiness are the thick slabs of what appears to be slate, many of them with etchings and carvings in relief. The incredible beauty and ingenious construction of the ceiling also demands careful viewing with a dramatic contrast between the wood spines and the alabaster background of the ceiling in the center. Frans Hals, the master Haarlem artist, is buried here. Others? Not sure. But about 1500 gravestones are used for the floor. Don't miss this special place! And don't neglect studious views outside as well. Oh, by the way, this is for Grote Kerk (Great Church) also often called St. Bavo but apparently there is another smaller St. Bavo. But I am describing the one with the enormous organ.
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