Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Church Converted to a Bookstore.

This may be the most beautiful bookstore in the world. It is the Selexyz Dominicanen Bookstore & it is located in Maastricht in the Netherlands. The cathedral is 800 years old & was converted in 2007 by architects Merkx & Girod, who were smart enough to keep with the cathedral's original design & floor plan. The alter became the store's cafe, which contains an amazing cross-shaped table. The cathedral hasn't been a place of worship for 200 year & get this; there are a large number of churches & cathedrals that are abandoned in the Netherlands. I hope to see more useful space to come out of these emptied masterpieces.

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