Saturday, April 29, 2006

St Bavo Kerk, Haarlem


We got to town pretty early, and we had time before the next tour of the ten Boom house was available, so we walked over to St Bavo church (kerk) in the town square. It is HUGE and magnificent with stained glass, and the floor is paved with grave markers of people actually buried beneath the kerk floor. Some of the stones are very ornate! This picture is from above looking towards the center of town. You can see all the red tile roofs and the old buildings. The old buildings are SO wonderful!

This next picture is down by one of the canals looking towards town. You can see the spire of St Bavo behind all the rooftops! I enjoyed looking at the stained glass.


The organ is GORGEOUS..we got to listen to the organist playing for some school children, and that was a treat. There is just this "timeless" feeling when you are standing in a place that is so old and has so much history. I also loved looking at (mind you, not reading..because I can't understand ANYTHING, but looking at!) all the old dutch inscriptions on pillars and other paintings on the walls. So ornate and so beautiful. I wonder what those people's lives were like...



This organ has been played by Mozart in 1766 when he was 10 years old. Handel played this organ too!


Another fascinating thing is that the floor consists entirely of grave stones! In total there are about 1500 grave stones, the oldest of which dates back to the 1400's.

And that is it for this installment of "Bonnie goes to Haarlem!" We will post about Queen's Day and Amsterdam some more when we come back from taking the children to the "Kermis"in town...a carnival set up with rides!

Bonnie & Lucy

3 comments:

Alena said...

Oh, the church is so beautiful, and the town as well, thanks for the photos...

Sharon said...

The photos are great - and the one with the reflection on the water is award winning, you know! Love it!

Dawn said...

WOW! That organ is gorgeous! And that picture of the buildings on the water - is drop dead beautiful! What wonderful pictures!