Though often overshadowed (especially for tourists) by its much larger and more famous neighbor Amsterdam about ten miles east, Haarlem’s history actually goes back further. And with about 150,000 people, it’s the capital of the Noord-Holland region. The Teylers Museum, with its unique collection of art and artifacts, is the oldest museum in the Netherlands. The fantastic Frans Hals Museum has many works by the artist and other Haarlem schoolers. Grote Markt, the main town square, is a must-see.
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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.
We enjoyed touring the church during the day and then were lucky enough to return in the evening for a free organ recital - wonderful to hear this powerful organ in such a gorgeous setting and the sound resonance was great. It was also really cool to think about Mozart playing on this organ back in the day!
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The St. Janskerk was completed in 1318. Today it is the oldest church of its kind in to be preserved in its original state in Haarlem. The entire complex; Cloister, hospital and church made up the Commanderij of St. Jan, one of the largest cloisters of the Order of Saint John in the Netherlands. Today the church houses the Noord-Hollands Archief (North-Holland Archive). Prot
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