To complement the renewed vaulted ceilings, decorative frescoes, and ornate arches, the architects chose black steel for shelves and furniture. A separate two-story building, with spectacular views of the church, was built to accommodate the large collection of books.
There is a chic café located in the Apse, highlighted by a huge table in the shape of a cross, where customers can read a magazine or the daily newspapers, while the lists of new arrivals are announced by signs hanging from the tall stone columns. One of the most successful decorative elements is the lighting, which resembles a candle-lit interior.
The Polare group of bookstores, which organizes literary activities such as interviews with writers, book signings, and lectures, currently operates Boekhandel Dominicanen. Those who haven’t had the privilege of visiting this Maastricht landmark can shop online at the bookstore’s website. But the real treat is visiting the old church cum bookstore and wander this timeless space. For many, leafing through those wonderful objects called books, is still the ultimate luxury. ■