A magnificent bookshop called El Ateneo Grand Splendid was built in Barrio Norte, Buenos Aires inside the almost 100-year-old Grand Splendid Theater. The theater was later converted into a cinema and eventually, in 2000, it was converted into the El Ateneo Grand Splendid bookshop. They currently welcome over one million visitors each year! The stunning building was originally designed by architects Peró and Torres Armengol The cinema/bookshop architect was Fernando Manzone, who retained many parts of the theater, including the stage, the balconies, the incredible architectural details and even the red curtains. In 2008 El Ateneo Grand Splendid was named the second most beautiful bookshop in the world, and that’s no surprise considering it’s elaborate décor and classic 1920’s theater feel.
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