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“A sense of the past, present & future”

Bookstore Dominicanen
Ranked #1 of 23 Shopping in Maastricht
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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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86 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“A sense of the past, present & future”
Reviewed 5 November 2013

Turn the cormer from one of the new eye-catching shopping arcades in ancient Maastrict City and you find yourself back into a medieval corner. The dark Gothic Walls of an old Domincan Church has new entrance doors of filmmatic grandeur. POLARE is the new symbolic name for a consortia of bookshops across the Netherlands. Always eyecatching and for the English reader a wide selection that can astound. Within the central aisle a double row of black-wooden high-rise book stacks with stairs to upper levels as seen in London's British Library. What ever ones beliefs here is a space that brings together a sense of the past,presnt and future in a world of books pleasingly displayed. As one looks up at the valuted celing the toes in one shoes curl around embossed pitch balck grave stones, and one hopes that those who lie beneath were bookworms. In the old nave where the alter once stood one can eat and drink to the new God of Food and notices in severla languages tell of days when music, song and readings of poetry and prose take place. This bookish church space is international. This Anglo-Irishman found himself advising a Dutch lady who had looked a little sad to have a laugh per page when reading the book by a Swedish writer, THE HUNDRED YEAR OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT OF A WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED. On this day I was an 84 year old man who walked through a door and had a wonderful experience and I just love to read books and feel the paper and admire the type face, illustrations and the binding. So much more permanent than an electronic kindle. Just go and look and see for yourself,

Visited September 2013
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Cairo
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114 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Impressive place”
Reviewed 3 October 2013 via mobile

Beautiful usage of the place. Lovely bookstore in a grandiose setting. The feel of a place is peaceful and beautiful

Visited September 2013
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“A bookstore in a church!”
Reviewed 17 August 2013 via mobile

I really enjoyed wandering around the books in a very old church. You should definitely go!!!
There are few english books. But the atmosphere is worth to go.

Visited August 2013
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Brussels, Belgium
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285 reviews
130 attraction reviews
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“Church transformed into bookshop and coffee shop”
Reviewed 31 July 2013

You never would guess that an old unused church would been transformed into a bookshop and coffee/relax zone.
The old floor has been maintained with old burial stones in the floor.
Extraordinary in the shopping centre of Maastricht.

Visited July 2013
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Maastricht, The Netherlands
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33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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“My favoriete place in town”
Reviewed 29 July 2013

As Maastricht is My hometown this place is My favorite when I need some quiet and peace and can treat myself with the best coffee in town of coffee lovers.
this once derelict church got a new life through the refurbishing it into this bookshop.yes most books are in Dutch but that should not keep you of coming and see the place for yourself.you will love it!

Visited July 2013
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