Argentina El Ateneo Bookshop

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Janina Wilde

About this spot
In 2019 this was named the "world's most beautiful bookstore" by the National Geographic. Situated on Santa Fe Avenue in Barrio Norte, it originally opened as a theatre called Teatro Gran Splendid in 1919. The eclectic building features ceiling frescoes painted by Italian artist, Nazareno Orlandi. In the late twenties the theatre became a cinema and in 1929 showed the first sound films presented in Argentina.

The ornate former theatre was converted into a book store and over a million people walk through its doors annually.

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