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Haarlem Church has bats in the bell tower and must clean precious organs

A photo of a bat injuring an organ in this church in Haarlem:

The organs of the Sintbabo Church in Haarlem will finally be cleared of layers of bat droppings that have accumulated there over the years.

The Bavo organ, produced by Amsterdam organ maker Christan Müller between 1735 and 1738, was the largest in the world at the time. Church organist Anton Poe told NOS Radio that “the beautiful casing is still the most impressive to date.”

The fame of the organ was widespread and attracted famous composers such as Handel and Mozart to Harlem. “I know Handel came twice and played the organ in one visit. Mozart stopped here in 1766 and played the organ for an hour,” Poe said.

But a man who has been playing the church organ for 30 years had to say goodbye to the instrument for the long-awaited restoration that began this week.

“I’m sorry, I’m sorry,” he said. “Bats have been building houses here for years and their organs are covered with dung. It’s incredibly filthy. But what’s worse, the acids in their urine are eating up the pipes. Once the holes start to appear, we will certainly have a very long way out of the house.

The Haarlem local council is funding the restoration, which is expected to take several months.

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Haarlem Church has bats in the bell tower and must clean precious organs

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