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Church = Bookstore?

Posted on: February 8, 2011


I’ve already confessed here my fanatical love of books – the thicker, the better. Does that love extend to bookstores, then? You bet! Walking around a bookstore (my favorite being, of course, the “antiquarian” bookstore) you find books, titles, subjects you never knew existed.

So when my colleague mentioned a Maastricht bookstore, now housed in a former Dominican Church, I made a beeline to find out more…

Read the story behind this facade
at Basilica: Theology of Space

Seems that The Guardian, in 2008, ran an article calling the Selexyz Dominicanen, housed in a 13th-century church, the “fairest bookstore.” According to Basilica‘s blog, since the article’s appearance “this place has been a madhouse”!

A quiet, reverential madhouse, I hope…

The blog comments that the church had not been used as a church for 200 years; so here is a fascinating “reuse” of a space (for more on reuse rather than dispose, see this post).

Looking at photographs of the interior, you find the church’s spaciousness retained, thanks to the use of tiered metal “floors”. And from a distance, that feeling evolves into a wall of books. And who wouldn’t love to “climb” such a wall!? Can’t do that with a Kindle!

BTW, this store holds “the largest stock of books in English in Maastricht”. Book me a ticket to the Netherlands right now!

  • Read the “original Guardian article. (Includes nine other *noteworthy* stores)
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