Monday, February 8, 2010

World's Most Astounding and Beautiful Book Stores Series ~ Netherlands

The Dutch have always been inventive and open minded in their solutions. 
One of the most amazing book stores is housed in an 800 year old
Dominican cathedral in Maastricht, Netherlands.  Boekhandel Selexyz
Dominicanen is dubbed a book store that is "made in heaven." 

Can you imagine the scale of this place?







It must feel very peaceful inside.



What a wonderful way to preserve an old
cathedral rather than letting it rot away.

The architects Merkx + Girod did a fantastic job with the design.
Even the cafe table in the middle is in the shape of a cross - an
appropriate reference to the building's original use.



The Dutch are known for the openness to the gay community
and have one of the largest celebrations in the world every
summer. 





I can only imagine what it feels to browse instead
 since the scale of the cathedral is so grand.



I hope you enjoyed the tour of this bookstore
as much as I did.  If you enjoy bookstores and
libraries, this hardcover book has fantastic images
of libraries.

Photos from Flickr and Google Images

32 comments:

Linda in AZ * said...

* Hi! If you dropped me off there just to "let me have some fun n' browse", there's no doubt I'd end up lke Jimmy Hoffa... (you'd never be able to F*I*N*D me again!!!)~ OMG that's alllll just "something else!!!"~~~ o incredible!!!

THANK YOUfor an oh-so-special treat!!!
Linda in AZ *

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Porchlight Interiors said...

So amazing...how I would love to spend many hours there! Tracey xx

Yoli said...

It is breat taking!!! What a wonderful way to preserve the cathedral!

anna lisa said...

That's quite amazing!! Love it.

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vicki archer said...

Heaven...I love all bookstores but this one does look incredible, xv.

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Ariana said...

Wow, these stores are amazing. As I was a child I always tought that big bookstores would loke like this ;-) Books are something really wonderful and should be presented like that!

Katherine Lee said...

that is truly unbelievable! i'd definitely go to the netherlands just to visit this. thanks for sharing!

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Clayton Gray Home said...

really beautiful! not sure i would get much reading done however...

Francine Gardner said...

I could live in this bookstore!! I love browsing in bookstores...
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Lord Cowell said...

Wow, I would hang out there all the time. It's amazing. David.

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What an amazing store! I'd LOVE to see this in person :)

Austin said...

I bet they have one of those signs that says to watch your step because the floor is wet. I bet they added, the floor is wet because of those who weep when they encounter beauty. My gracious sakes alive this is one of those things that MUST go on the bucket list.

Mike said...

I want to go there and read all those books. I'd be in heaven.

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