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    Coolest book store in the world


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     On an excursion to Maastricht, Netherlands, student LaCrymaMosa took a picture of a bookstore in the area that was once a church. Dang says the building is over 700 years old and has been remodeled several times over the centuries. "It is one of the many ways the Dutch breathe life into their century-old churches," she said. "I love how they get creative with that idea, and how they do not let such gorgeous architectures turn to dirt, but instead look for new ways to put them into the modern time."
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    This is Selexyz Dominicanen–a former Dominican church dating back to the 13th century in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Frankly, this has to be the world’s coolest bookstore.

    The Netherlands is the most secular country in Europe, the number of religious practitioners is dwindling. Hence churches have been becoming less and less frequently visited. But you know what happens to an abandoned building, it simply dilapidates. Thus churches in the Netherlands have been put to various non-religious purposes. Becoming a bookstore is one option.
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