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photoblog image The most beautiful bookshop

The most beautiful bookshop

Taken in Maastricht, Netherlands, this is a former Dominican Church that has now been re-developed by Dutch architects Merkx + Girod as a book store, the Selexyz. The architects leveraged the height of the church, preserving the unique landmark setting while achieving the desired commercial square footage. A multi-storey structure in black steel was erected on one side, where the books are kept. The church has been restored to its former glory. From the upper level, faded murals from around 1337 can still be seen (the church itself was consecrated in 1294). Not surprising that The Guardian of UK in 2008 chose this as 'the most beautiful bookshop of all time'.

The most beautiful bookshop

Taken in Maastricht, Netherlands, this is a former Dominican Church that has now been re-developed by Dutch architects Merkx + Girod as a book store, the Selexyz. The architects leveraged the height of the church, preserving the unique landmark setting while achieving the desired commercial square footage. A multi-storey structure in black steel was erected on one side, where the books are kept. The church has been restored to its former glory. From the upper level, faded murals from around 1337 can still be seen (the church itself was consecrated in 1294). Not surprising that The Guardian of UK in 2008 chose this as 'the most beautiful bookshop of all time'.

comments (15)

Hi Ayush... This looks like a fantastic place to visit. I like the tilt of the photo & all the lines.
  • Chantal
  • Nederland
  • 20 Mar 2011, 07:09
I love the tilted angle
Very nice point of view !!
Regards
Ayush Basu: Thanks David, I wanted to capture the murals on the ceiling as well as show off the books.
That is one bookshop I would like to go in.
Wonderful capture. I really like the angle here! Well done
Ayush Basu: Thanks Richard
Excellent framing choice and I love the colors. I must visit this shop!
Ayush Basu: Highly recommended!
Excellent image Ayush. I love bookstores and this one is simply amazing!
Ayush Basu: Glad you liked it
  • Ayesha
  • United Arab Emirates
  • 20 Mar 2011, 19:30
quite unusual composition
Ayush Basu: It is an unusual place, too think that I actually stumbled into this place quite by chance and looked it up later on the internet!
  • Kala
  • United States
  • 21 Mar 2011, 08:16
Fabulous angle - what an intriguing photo!
  • Chantal
  • Nederland
  • 21 Mar 2011, 10:03
I like the tilted angle, more creative
A wonderful capture Ayush with lovely colours and a great angle. Thank you for the information , very intresting.
  • Pascal
  • France
  • 21 Mar 2011, 18:11
Waouh !!! My English is not rich enough to describe this beautiful picture. Well done!
Ayush Basu: Thanks a lot smile
  • Fabrice
  • France
  • 21 Mar 2011, 19:31
It must be very pleasant to read as grandiose space!
I like framing!
Ayush Basu: Thanks Fabrice
nice angle! the book colours stand out nicely too
That's quite a bookshop - much prettier than the Amazon Kindle store smile

I like the angle and the colours
Ayush Basu: Yes, a unique bookshop. Glad you liked this image!

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