Monday, February 4, 2019

Maastricht, The Netherlands

And after ticking another country off the list, back to something else now.



I haven't really considered visiting Maastricht.... but after having received this card, my plans kinda changed.
This is one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world (according to Alvin, and im pretty sure he is right).
Built in 1294, the cathedral features large open spaces boasting three-story bookshelves. Being that the church contains 1,200 square meters of shopping space with only 750 square meters of floor space, the architects decided to design vertically. They incorporate the modern scheme of the shop without obstructing the religious motifs or structure of the ancient venue. Within the space, there is also a cafe. As a nod to the bookstore’s past-life, there is a long table shaped like a cross in the eating area, which is conveniently located where the choir formerly situated themselves.

How can you not want to visit this place? So if you end up in Maastricht and wanna do something that is not really touristy, this is a great way to spend your time. If I end up in Maastricht, this would be my first destination, for sure!




Two nice stamps on the card. Christmas one on the left, from the set of 10 Christmas stamps issued last year. The other stamp is from 2018, showing the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision - Beeld en Geluid.

3 comments:

agi said...

Ajoj ajoj...prekrasno..!

TomoyoHime said...

I've been there several times, it is a really beautiful place. I love how they opted for keeping the building, instead of destroying it. Even when a church isn't used as a religious building anymore, it still has a future!

Ana said...

this is something I wish they could do more often here, reаlocating a place instead of tearing it down or letting it rot.