Maastricht’s Dominican church is a curious building. On the outside, it looks just as a cathedral should, and doesn’t really stand out from its surroundings. But inside, the building takes on a whole new face.
Built in 1294, the cathedral has today been saved thanks to its conversion into a modern bookstore. It is a beautiful union of two completely opposing aesthetics. The 13th century frescoes glow alongside modern black steel.
As a history student, seeing a grand old building such as this church being used in a new way (instead of just tearing it down) really thrilled me!
The frescoes could use a bit of restoration, but it is amazing how much has survived from their original painting, more than 700 years ago.
Where the choir once sang, now sits a Dutch café, where there are waffles and cakes and hot drinks galore. Morgan and I couldn’t resist ourselves. We ordered as much as we could carry.
The Dutch really love their sweets, as you can see from the huge slice of Dutch apple pie, the icing sugar topping the waffles, and the huge dollop of real whipped cream to go with the rich hot chocolates.
I did actually buy a book too – a beautiful fit for my adventures thus far. It’s written by a history scholar who is given an old Italian church manuscript while in Prague just as the Soviets take over. He then flees to Vienna and does some mystery sleuthing while in Paris. Seeing as it included history, a mystery, the Soviets and I had personally visited every city in the novel, I couldn’t resist. Plus, it seemed fitting that it was sold in another church too.