The Beautiful Buenos Aires Bookstore Inside a 100-Year-Old Theatre

Situated at 1860 Santa Fe Avenue in Barrio Norte, Buenos Aires, you will find one of the most stunning bookstores in the world. El Ateneo Grand Splendid is one of the best known bookshops in Argentina.

Designed by the architects Peró and Torres Armengol, with ceiling frescoes painted by Nazareno Orlandi and support columns sculpted by Troiano Troiani, the grand theatre first opened in May 1919 with a seating capacity of 1,050.

In the late 1920s it was converted into a movie theatre and then retrofitted into a flagship bookstore in the year 2000. Over 1,000,000 people annually visit the enormous 21,000 square foot bookstore.