A new purpose
You have to admire the architecture of historic churches. These grandiose, centuries-old buildings are impressive. They seem even more stunning when you realize they were originally designed without the aid of modern technology and built with only rudimentary tools.
Some of the most impressive examples are no longer used for religious purposes. They have been converted into markets, restaurants, hotels, nightclubs or bookstores, like the Selexyz Dominicanen pictured here and discussed in more detail later in this slideshow. Whatever you think about these buildings being used for non-religious purposes, you have to appreciate the design — both the original architecture and the creative way these structures have been converted to maintain their historic appeal. (Text: Josh Lew)