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Theater or Bookstore? El Ateneo Grand Splendid, Buenos Aires

By Anca dArc on July 21, 2016

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Theater or Bookstore? El Ateneo Grand Splendid, Buenos Aires

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Situated at 1860 Santa Fe Avenue in Barrio Norte, you will find one of the most stunning bookstores in the world. Named by The Guardian as the second most beautiful bookshop in the world in 2008, El Ateneo Grand Splendid is one of the best known bookshops in Argentina.

Built in Buenos Aires as a theater in 1919, El Ateneo Grand Splendid has experienced several revisions, with its current purpose being a 21,000 square foot bookstore.

The architecture has remained true to the early 20th century vision of Peró and Torres Armengol, the building having frescoed ceilings and detailed trimmings that line the ceiling, handrails, and walls.

Theater or Bookstore? El Ateneo Grand Splendid, Buenos Aires

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Theater or Bookstore? El Ateneo Grand Splendid, Buenos Aires

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Theater or Bookstore? El Ateneo Grand Splendid, Buenos Aires

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Theater or Bookstore? El Ateneo Grand Splendid, Buenos Aires

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Theater or Bookstore? El Ateneo Grand Splendid, Buenos Aires

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Theater or Bookstore? El Ateneo Grand Splendid, Buenos Aires

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