El Ateneo Grand Splendid is one of the best known bookshops in Buenos Aires. In 2008, it was placed as the second most beautiful bookshop in the world.
Main entrance of El Ateneo bookshop.
Originally built in the 1800’s, it opened as a theatre, it features ceiling frescoes painted by Italian artists. In the late twenties the theatre was converted into a cinema, and in 1929 showed the first sound films presented in Argentina.
View of balconies with ornamental moldings.