Photographer's Note

As mentioned in my yesterday's picture of St.Bavo is here the other part of the history.

.....In 1502 work began on the construction of a crossing-tower out of stone, but since it turned out to be far too heavy it was again demolished in 1517. Instead a wooden steeple was built on the crossing, covered with lead. Although the church was originally built as a parish-church, it became the cathedral of the newly formed diocese of Haarlem in 1559. It was the only church in the city that was fit for this function, but the deep choir was especially convenient.
The St. Bavo remained a cathedral for 19 years only, although it is still often referred to as such. Already in 1566 the first attacks on this symbol of Roman-Catholicism were carried out. Since the iconoclastic riots of that year of the original typically Catholic decorations only the statue of St. Bavo at the front remains. Legend has it that protestant vandals managed to destroy all other statues of the church, but that two of them died during their attempts to destroy St. Bavo's statue as well, so they finally left it alone. This incident however did not stop them from confiscating the church in 1578. The St. Bavo has been a protestant church ever since.

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Additional Photos by Hans Stellingwerf (Hanssie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2132 W: 2 N: 2030] (11022)
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