The main reason we went to Maastricht was to visit a very unusual bookstore. It is in a 13th century cathedral in the heart of the old city. It was built in 1294 and it truly is a marvel. Every inch of the cathedral has been creatively used for the store. In the area, the rotunda, where the choir used to sing, is a lovely café with a huge long table in the shape of a cross. The bookshelves are three stories high.

When I entered the Selexyz (boekwinkel) bookstore, my eyes looked up at the ceiling and my mouth dropped open. You cannot stop the awe. On the day we were there, it was announced that another Dutch book store chain will buy this store. The good news is that the cathedral will still house books. These photographs do not do this place justice, but they give you a sense of its beauty. Put this on your list, and make plans to come to Maastricht, and see for yourself.

My favorite place to buy used books? Friends of Gale Free Library book sales in Holden, Massachusetts. The best deal in the universe…sold by the nicest people ever.

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  • Aledys Ver  On April 20, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Wow amazing shots of this store, Jane!
    I think I’d love to live in Maastricht – just to get the chance to be there at least once a week. I wonder if people actually get to see the books? I’d be looking at the frescos and all the details of this incredible church.
    I see one book that I was wondering if you bought… 🙂

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