10 Photos of the World’s Most Beautiful Bookshop

Buenos Aires, Argentina — In Barrio Norte, Buenos Aires, a 100-year-old theater known as the “El Ateneo Grand Splendid” was converted into a stunning bookshop. Originally designed and constructed in 1919 by architects Peró and Torres Armengol, the theater has gone through many phases of adaptive reuse during its lifetime.

It was first converted into a cinema and then in 2000, it was transformed into the El Ateneo Grand Splendid bookshop. In 2008, The Guardian named the El Ateneo Grand Splendid the second most beautiful bookstore in the world and its popularity has since spanned across the globe.

Currently, it is estimated that over 1 million people visit this 21,000 square foot bookshop every year.

1Stunning Early 20th Century Architecture

Credit: Stanley Wood

2Renovated Theater Stage

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3Original Balconies Left Intact

Credit: Ryan Poole

4Closer View of the Elaborate Balcony Design

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5Bird’s Eye View

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6View From The Balcony

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7And Another One…

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8Ceiling Would Make Da Vinci Proud

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9Shopper’s Delight

Credit: Jorge Láscar

10Incredible View

Credit: Nan Palmero

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