St Bavo Cathedral and the Grote Kerk Haarlem are the same church what explains that I wrote twice my review:
The tourist visiting the Grote Kerk St-Bavo is most often unaware that the interior of this church, as many other catholic churches in the Netherlands, was victim of the "Beeldstormers" or protestant iconoclasts.
This Catholic Church had been built over the 14 and 15th c. and she became the cathedral of the newly formed diocese of Haarlem in 1559. The deep choir (45 m, among the largest in Europe) was especially convenient for this function.
Already in 1566 the first attacks on this symbol of Catholicism were carried out. A large part of the typical catholic decoration was destroyed; the 32 altars, all statues (only the statue of St. Bavo at the front remains). Some altarpieces were saved and are kept at museums. Some wood carved artefacts were preserved.
The church was confiscated in 1578. The walls were chalked white to hide the frescos as usual with protestant churches taken over from the Catholics. St. Bavo has been a Protestant church ever since.
Strange enough the pared down interior of St-Bavo has been often painted by the 17th c. church interior painters. The famous Pieter Saenredam, who lived in Haarlem painted half a dozen interiors of St-Bavo, as did others like Job Berckheyde or Isaac van Nickelen.
I suppose that the sober interior did favour the perspective and light effects sought-after by these painters.
Originally a Catholic Cathedral which became a Protestant Church during the reformation, St Bavo's dominates the Grote Markt.
With the many cafes and restaurants with tables on the square, it is easy to see how the tourists position their seat to obtain a good view of St Bavo's
After a relaxing coffeebreak do take some time to visit the St. Bavo Cathedral. You will find the most impressive organ there. I have visited many churches but I have never seen an organ like this.
It counts more than 5000 pipes and is about 30 m high.
Maybe you're lucky and someone plays the organ while your visiting the church. We were lucky and it really was breathtaking.
The St. Bavo Cathedral Basilica was built between 1895 - 1906 after a design by JOS CUYPERS.
The architectural style reflects the transition from neo-styles to modern architecture.
The steeples on the west side were added between 1927 - 1930.
The former sacristy is since 20th April 1973 a room for treasures.
A small but unique collection is here permanently on display.
The collection contains examples of almost all styles of the last 5 Centuries.
There is also a precious painting by R.J. van Blommendael, depicting the saving of the city with the intervention of St. Bavo.
This painting is in a small, separate room, which is not easy for handicapped people / wheelchairs to reach, which is a pity!
You are free to enter the cathedral at all times.
Open: 1st April - 31st September
Mondays through Fridays 10AM - 4PM
Saturdays 10AM - 4PM
Sundays 1PM - 4PM
Entrance: Bisschop Bottemanneplein....
This is the current Roman Catholic cathedral, and it's also called St. Bavo. The church was built over a period of 35 years and was completed in 1930. It's a magnificent building with tremendous detail. It's quite a walk from the centre to the cathedral but you shouldn't pass the opportunity to see this thing from the inside..
The biggest church in Haarlem. This one is so big, it is impossible to frame it into one picture. I will make a travelogue about it in the future.
This church is the one my parents got married. The church is opened from 1 April - 1 October. You can then take a look at this church from the inside and also go into the treasure room. On some days you are able to walk the stairs of the towers that lead to the clocks, from where you will have a great view.
The gothic Sint-Bavokerk or Saint Bavo Church dominates the central market square of Haarlem.
Once a catholic shurch, the St. Bavokerk is a protestant church and an icon of the city.
Great Gothic Cathedral most famous for its great pipe organ. The composer Handel is amongst those reputed to have played on it.