The Cathedral of St. Bavo in Haarlem

Documenting the interior during restoration

The Cathedral of St. Bavo in Haarlem was designed by Jos Cuypers, son of the renowned Dutch architect Pierre Cuypers (the designer of Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam). Athough construction began in 1895, the church was only taken into use in 1930. In 2011 an extensive restoration began. I was asked to photograph the interior and the many unique ornaments and decorations to document the condition of the building before its refurbishment.

This Catholic church—also known as The New Bavo—is the second largest church in the Netherlands. A person is dwarfed by the size of such a building. I wanted to convey this feeling in the photos, but also capture the magnificent green light pouring through the stained-glass windows. The countless details adorning this church are fascinating, also given they are frequently hidden in some out-of-the-way corner of the building.

Below are some overall impressions and details of the interior as well as two sculptures outdoors on the roof.