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17 extraordinary bookstores

Interior of Polare Maastricht formerly

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Polare Maastricht

Offering another breathtaking setting, this bookstore in the Netherlands is situated in a 700-year-old Dominican church — but you won’t find any sermons here (there haven’t been any since 1794). The mixture of gothic architecture and modern furnishings makes this bookstore one of the most unique on the list. The bookstore was previously part of the Selexyz chain, but the chain has since been bought and renamed.