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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  • You pay an entrance fee of €2.50, but for that you can enjoy the immense church and you will also get a leaflet with details: Church organ is huge, you walk constantly over the tombstones: what a history. Beautiful stained glass windows: worthwhile. When I was there, I could have come back on presentation of my entrance to come and watch a choir.
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  • The Church is called either Saint Bavo's Church, Haarlem, or Great Church Haarlem, which was constructed during 1370-1538 at its present site. In addition to a few stained-glass windows, the Church is also unique for its floor which consists entirely of gravestones. Based on Church's brochure, there are 1,500 gravestones in total. Visitors can see the number on every gravestone, and visitors may be amazed how artistic a few gravestones are in their original design. The Church charges $2.5 EU for adult admission. It is within 10 minutes walking distance from Haarlem train station.
  • Amazing place. I may be biased because I have a love for church organs, but I truly had an impactful experience here. It was a chilly fall day and I was wandering in the city alone. The entrance fee is very cheap to see the church, but I was very lucky to visit at a time when someone was practicing on the famous organ, so I could hear the range of sound the organ could produce. I sat and listened for two hours. Truly remarkable! This church is a must-see for anyone passing through Haarlem that can appreciate the history of music and the architecture.
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