Beautiful bookstores in Maastricht and Amsterdam

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The Netherlands has two entries in the 20 Most Beautiful Bookstores in the World list published by the US cultural website Flavorpill.

One is Selexyz in Maastricht, which is housed in a converted Dominican church, and the other The American Book Center in Amsterdam.

The jury commented that the church "gives the power of reading its due diligence" while the Amsterdam store was praised for its "cleverly constructed nooks and crannies and even a tree or two".

Europe generally did well with 11 out of the 20 entries on the list, including bookshops in Rome, Brussels, Paris, Milan and Lisbon.

(imm/jn)

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