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Welcome to one of the most beautiful (and one of the biggest) bookshop in the world, the ex-theatre El Ateneo in Buenos Aires (Argentina).
Designed in 1919 by architects Peró and Torres Armengol, El Ateneo shifted to a cinema during the 1920’s and continued to operate as one until 2000, when it was retrofitted into the flagship store for Yenny-El Ateneo Publishing. The stage is used as a reading area and café, with the former theatre boxes available as tiny reading rooms.
“Inside El Ateneo clients are respectfully quiet, just like an audience right before the start of a show. Sit in the cafe, order a ‘cafecito’, leaf through a Buenos Aires city guide and enjoy the majestic uniqueness of this book haven!” said canaria on theGuardian.
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