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Boekhandel Dominicanen, the Most Beautiful Bookstore in the World

Is Boekhandel Dominicanen the most beautiful bookstore in the world? You tell me by checking out these photos of this bookstore in a 700+ year old church. www.fromlusttilldawn.com

“They” say that the Boekhandel Dominicanen in Maastricht, Netherlands is the most beautiful bookstore in the world. Any best (fill in the blank) in the world is quite the statement, don’t you think?

Of course, I had to go find out myself.

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As soon as we entered the 700+ year old church bookstore, Mike headed straight for the record section while I kept scaling the stairs to get closer to the heavens.

Boekhandel Dominicanen, the Most Beautiful Bookstore in the World by www.fromlusttilldawn.com
Boekhandel Dominicanen, the Most Beautiful Bookstore in the World by www.fromlusttilldawn.com
Boekhandel Dominicanen, the Most Beautiful Bookstore in the World by www.fromlusttilldawn.com

Never having been so close to the ceiling of a church, I marveled at the structure’s arches that so eloquently held up the integrity of the literary world.

I thought about how much effort went into renovating this church abandoned in the last decade of the 18th century when the French troops invaded the country. All this for books! Hooray!

Is Boekhandel Dominicanen the most beautiful bookstore in the world? You tell me by checking out these photos of this bookstore in a 700+ year old church. www.fromlusttilldawn.com
Boekhandel Dominicanen, the Most Beautiful Bookstore in the World by www.fromlusttilldawn.com

And the decision to preserve its original elements such as the teal stained windows while adding in a contrasting minimal interior? Bravo MERKX + GIROD (the architecture firm), bravo!

Even though, I was up so high, I still felt pretty small in this grandiose bookstore– the power of knowledge AND god in one place… double whammy.

Boekhandel Dominicanen, the Most Beautiful Bookstore in the World by www.fromlusttilldawn.com

I took advantage of being on the 3rd floor to look down. It’s always nice to get a different vantage point.

Boekhandel Dominicanen, the Most Beautiful Bookstore in the World by www.fromlusttilldawn.com

I looked up, down, and around at pretty much everything but the books. They were mostly in Dutch.

If you want to know how much Dutch I know, I’ll count to ten and read off any ingredient label in the grocery store for you. 😉

Is Boekhandel Dominicanen the most beautiful bookstore in the world? You tell me by checking out these photos of this bookstore in a 700+ year old church. www.fromlusttilldawn.com

From the top, you could see the divine cross shaped coffee table.

Is it trying to say that coffee is sort of its own religion nowadays? Or maybe I’m looking to much into it…

Is Boekhandel Dominicanen the most beautiful bookstore in the world? You tell me by checking out these photos of this bookstore in a 700+ year old church. www.fromlusttilldawn.com

So back to where we started– is the Boekhandel Dominicanen the most beautiful bookstore in the world?

It’s certainly the most beautiful bookstore I’ve been to,
but what do you think?

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Boekhandel Dominicanen
Dominicanerkerkstraat 1
6211 CZ Maastricht
Netherlands
+31 43 410 0010

Opening hours located here

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