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“Short Holland break”

Cathedral of Saint Bavo
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US$33.51*
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2 Hour Private Walking Tour of Haarlem
Ranked #7 of 69 things to do in Haarlem
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 9 March 2014

Outside as well as inside, this church (or is it a cathedral?) is well worth visiting. Especially the drawinf of the tallest man (2m64) and the shortest (64 cm) caught the attention of my 1m86 grandson....

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Reviewed 12 January 2014

A visit to this church costs 2,50 euros, but it's worth it. The building is really impressive and interesting.

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Reviewed 30 October 2013

Make sure to follow Rick Steves Guidebook to see all the little fun facts about this church. There are marks on one of the columns that show the tallest and shortest people ever to be in Haarlem (the tallest one is over 8 feet tall!). There also is a description about how the "stinking" rich came about as well as some background behind the cannonball in the wall.

All in all, this is the best 2.5 euros I've ever spent.

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Reviewed 30 October 2013

The place is superb! The concerts at this Church are so magnificent that one really 'fly away'. Stayed in Amsterdam (Ibis Airport - another excelent choice).

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Reviewed 13 October 2013

We arrived on a Saturday morning from the buzz of the street market in the shadow of the church. The church's quiet majesty was complimented by a free recital being given by a string trio in a side chapel. It was a beautiful experience. There was also excellent coffee and waffles being sold in another area of the church. Great.

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