Monday, 18 July 2016

Vintage Theatre Converted into Spectacular Bookstore in Argentina

If you’re a book lover, then your next travel destination should be Buenos Aires, Argentina. The city has more than 734 bookstores, including second most beautiful bookstore in the world. Almost 100 year old Grand Splendid Theater, opened in 1919 was converted into cinema in 1920’s, but then eventually converted into El Ateneo Grand Splendid bookstore in 2000. The bookshop is tucked away in Barrio Norte, Buenos Aires welcomes more than one million book lovers each year. Architects Pero and Torres Armengol, designed the building, but architect Fernando Manzone converted into bookshop. 

The building retained several parts of the theatre, including the stage and balconies.  In 2008, the Guardian has named El Ateneo Grand Splendid named second most beautiful bookstore in the world. The elaborated d├ęcor and classic 1920’s theater contains stunning red curtains. The book lovers definitely lost in the shelves for many hours, for history and nostalgia lurk behind every corner.

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