Cathedral Basilica of Sint Bavo

It may be a bit confusing but Haarlem has two Sint Bavo churches. The Protestant St. Bavokerk can be found on the Grote Markt. The Catholic Cathedral Basilica of Sint Bavo is located just outside the city centre. It is a relatively new church that was completed in 1930 and was soon elevated to the status of basilica by the Pope. The Cathedral Basilica of Sint Bavo is the second largest church in Holland and definitely worth a visit.

Construction of the church

The founders made every effort and investment to turn the Cathedral Basilica of Sint Bavo into an extraordinary construction. In terms of size it equals Cologne Cathedral. Its exterior has been decorated with countless special ornaments, and its interior has also been decorated extensively and boasts a radiant cupola. The basilica’s interior was never completed due to a shortage of funds, however.

Treasure room

And if the architecture, church organ, ornaments, decorations and size of the Cathedral Basilica of Sint Bavo are impressive, you should see its treasure room. The most remarkable of all of the gold and silver objects in the church treasury is a monstrance made from donated, reused jewelry.