Is this the world's most beautiful bookstore?

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This Is The World's Most Beautiful Bookstore

A place that many call the "world's most beautiful bookstore" is housed in an unconventional but breathtaking space.

The El Ateneo Grand Splendid in Buenos Aires, Argentina, consists of shelves and racks of books placed around a historical theater where the seats would be.

It still retains its painted domed ceiling, ornate gold finishes, balcony boxes, and thick red curtains in front of the stage.

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El Ateneo Grand Splendid bookstore, Argentina
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Is this the world's most beautiful bookstore?
Picture taken on September 2007 showing the main hall of El Ateneo bookstore, in the Barrio Norte neighborhood in Buenos Aires. El Ateneo presently occupies the building that belonged to the old Grand Splendid Cinema, built in 1919 by initiative of of Max Glucksman, an Austrian immigrant and designed by architects Per? and Torres Amengo. Its dome was painted by Italian artist Nazareno Orlandi. In 2000, the former movie theatre was reformed to host the most important bookstore in Latin America. AFP PHOTO / DANIEL GARCIA (Photo credit should read DANIEL GARCIA/AFP/Getty Images)
Picture taken on September 2007 showing the top level of El Ateneo bookstore where they show the exhibition 'El mar un azar', in the Barrio Norte neighborhood in Buenos Aires. El Ateneo presently occupies the building that belonged to the old Grand Splendid Cinema, built in 1919 by initiative of of Max Glucksman, an Austrian immigrant and designed by architects Per? and Torres Amengo. Its dome was painted by Italian artist Nazareno Orlandi. In 2000, the former movie theatre was reformed to host the most important bookstore in Latin America. AFP PHOTO / DANIEL GARCIA (Photo credit should read DANIEL GARCIA/AFP/Getty Images)
Picture taken on September 2007 showing people reading at the ground level of El Ateneo bookstore, in the Barrio Norte neighborhood in Buenos Aires. El Ateneo presently occupies the building that belonged to the old Grand Splendid Cinema, built in 1919 by initiative of of Max Glucksman, an Austrian immigrant and designed by architects Per? and Torres Amengo. Its dome was painted by Italian artist Nazareno Orlandi. In 2000, the former movie theatre was reformed to host the most important bookstore in Latin America. AFP PHOTO / DANIEL GARCIA (Photo credit should read DANIEL GARCIA/AFP/Getty Images)
Picture taken on September 2007 showing the old electric instrument panel of the theatre and customers at La Impreta, the bar of El Ateneo bookstore, in the Barrio Norte neighborhood in Buenos Aires. El Ateneo presently occupies the building that belonged to the old Grand Splendid Cinema, built in 1919 by initiative of of Max Glucksman, an Austrian immigrant and designed by architects Per? and Torres Amengo. Its dome was painted by Italian artist Nazareno Orlandi. In 2000, the former movie theatre was reformed to host the most important bookstore in Latin America. AFP PHOTO / DANIEL GARCIA (Photo credit should read DANIEL GARCIA/AFP/Getty Images)
Picture taken on September 2007 showing the old curtain hanging over the former stage where actually operates La Impreta, the bar of El Ateneo bookstore, in the Barrio Norte neighborhood in Buenos Aires. El Ateneo presently occupies the building that belonged to the old Grand Splendid Cinema, built in 1919 by initiative of of Max Glucksman, an Austrian immigrant and designed by architects Per? and Torres Amengo. Its dome was painted by Italian artist Nazareno Orlandi. In 2000, the former movie theatre was reformed to host the most important bookstore in Latin America. AFP PHOTO / DANIEL GARCIA (Photo credit should read DANIEL GARCIA/AFP/Getty Images)
Picture taken on September 2007 showing the banister and ceiling at the third floor of El Ateneo bookstore, in the Barrio Norte neighborhood in Buenos Aires. El Ateneo presently occupies the building that belonged to the old Grand Splendid Cinema, built in 1919 by initiative of of Max Glucksman, an Austrian immigrant and designed by architects Per? and Torres Amengo. Its dome was painted by Italian artist Nazareno Orlandi. In 2000, the former movie theatre was reformed to host the most important bookstore in Latin America. AFP PHOTO / DANIEL GARCIA (Photo credit should read DANIEL GARCIA/AFP/Getty Images)
Picture taken on September 2007 showing the deposit at the basement of El Ateneo bookstore, in the Barrio Norte neighborhood in Buenos Aires. El Ateneo presently occupies the building that belonged to the old Grand Splendid Cinema, built in 1919 by initiative of of Max Glucksman, an Austrian immigrant and designed by architects Per? and Torres Amengo. Its dome was painted by Italian artist Nazareno Orlandi. In 2000, the former movie theatre was reformed to host the most important bookstore in Latin America. AFP PHOTO / DANIEL GARCIA (Photo credit should read DANIEL GARCIA/AFP/Getty Images)
Picture taken on September 2007 showing a book's presentation at the third floor of El Ateneo bookstore, in the Barrio Norte neighborhood in Buenos Aires. El Ateneo presently occupies the building that belonged to the old Grand Splendid Cinema, built in 1919 by initiative of of Max Glucksman, an Austrian immigrant and designed by architects Per? and Torres Amengo. Its dome was painted by Italian artist Nazareno Orlandi. In 2000, the former movie theatre was reformed to host the most important bookstore in Latin America. AFP PHOTO / DANIEL GARCIA (Photo credit should read DANIEL GARCIA/AFP/Getty Images)
Picture taken on September 2007 showing a three-store area of El Ateneo bookstore, in the Barrio Norte neighborhood in Buenos Aires. El Ateneo presently occupies the building that belonged to the old Grand Splendid Cinema, built in 1919 by initiative of of Max Glucksman, an Austrian immigrant and designed by architects Per? and Torres Amengo. Its dome was painted by Italian artist Nazareno Orlandi. In 2000, the former movie theatre was reformed to host the most important bookstore in Latin America. AFP PHOTO / DANIEL GARCIA (Photo credit should read DANIEL GARCIA/AFP/Getty Images)
Picture taken on September 2007 showing El Ateneo bookstore, in the Barrio Norte neighborhood in Buenos Aires. El Ateneo presently occupies the building that belonged to the old Grand Splendid Cinema, built in 1919 by initiative of of Max Glucksman, an Austrian immigrant and designed by architects Per? and Torres Amengo. Its dome was painted by Italian artist Nazareno Orlandi. In 2000, the former movie theatre was reformed to host the most important bookstore in Latin America. AFP PHOTO / DANIEL GARCIA (Photo credit should read DANIEL GARCIA/AFP/Getty Images)
Picture taken on September 2007 showing El Ateneo bookstore, in the Barrio Norte neighborhood in Buenos Aires. El Ateneo presently occupies the building that belonged to the old Grand Splendid Cinema, built in 1919 by initiative of of Max Glucksman, an Austrian immigrant and designed by architects Per? and Torres Amengo. Its dome was painted by Italian artist Nazareno Orlandi. In 2000, the former movie theatre was reformed to host the most important bookstore in Latin America. AFP PHOTO / DANIEL GARCIA (Photo credit should read DANIEL GARCIA/AFP/Getty Images)
Picture taken on September 2007 showing people checking bookshelves and reading at a stage box of El Ateneo bookstore, in the Barrio Norte neighborhood in Buenos Aires. El Ateneo presently occupies the building that belonged to the old Grand Splendid Cinema, built in 1919 by initiative of of Max Glucksman, an Austrian immigrant and designed by architects Per? and Torres Amengo. Its dome was painted by Italian artist Nazareno Orlandi. In 2000, the former movie theatre was reformed to host the most important bookstore in Latin America. AFP PHOTO / DANIEL GARCIA (Photo credit should read DANIEL GARCIA/AFP/Getty Images)
Picture taken on September 2007 showing a Colombian family reading at the second level of El Ateneo bookstore, in the Barrio Norte neighborhood in Buenos Aires. El Ateneo presently occupies the building that belonged to the old Grand Splendid Cinema, built in 1919 by initiative of of Max Glucksman, an Austrian immigrant and designed by architects Per? and Torres Amengo. Its dome was painted by Italian artist Nazareno Orlandi. In 2000, the former movie theatre was reformed to host the most important bookstore in Latin America. AFP PHOTO / DANIEL GARCIA (Photo credit should read DANIEL GARCIA/AFP/Getty Images)
Picture taken on September 2007 showing writer Marcelo Lopez Zavaleta, who choose El Ateneo because of the atmosphere inspired him, writing at the top level of El Ateneo bookstore, in the Barrio Norte neighborhood in Buenos Aires. El Ateneo presently occupies the building that belonged to the old Grand Splendid Cinema, built in 1919 by initiative of of Max Glucksman, an Austrian immigrant and designed by architects Per? and Torres Amengo. Its dome was painted by Italian artist Nazareno Orlandi. In 2000, the former movie theatre was reformed to host the most important bookstore in Latin America. AFP PHOTO / DANIEL GARCIA (Photo credit should read DANIEL GARCIA/AFP/Getty Images)
Picture taken on September 2007 showing when customers line-up at the cashier, near the English literature bookshelf of El Ateneo bookstore, in the Barrio Norte neighborhood in Buenos Aires. El Ateneo presently occupies the building that belonged to the old Grand Splendid Cinema, built in 1919 by initiative of of Max Glucksman, an Austrian immigrant and designed by architects Per? and Torres Amengo. Its dome was painted by Italian artist Nazareno Orlandi. In 2000, the former movie theatre was reformed to host the most important bookstore in Latin America. AFP PHOTO / DANIEL GARCIA (Photo credit should read DANIEL GARCIA/AFP/Getty Images)
Picture taken on September 2007 showing people reading at a stage box of El Ateneo bookstore, in the Barrio Norte neighborhood in Buenos Aires. El Ateneo presently occupies the building that belonged to the old Grand Splendid Cinema, built in 1919 by initiative of of Max Glucksman, an Austrian immigrant and designed by architects Per? and Torres Amengo. Its dome was painted by Italian artist Nazareno Orlandi. In 2000, the former movie theatre was reformed to host the most important bookstore in Latin America. AFP PHOTO / DANIEL GARCIA (Photo credit should read DANIEL GARCIA/AFP/Getty Images)
Picture taken on September 2007 showing read books at the ground level of El Ateneo bookstore, in the Barrio Norte neighborhood in Buenos Aires. El Ateneo presently occupies the building that belonged to the old Grand Splendid Cinema, built in 1919 by initiative of of Max Glucksman, an Austrian immigrant and designed by architects Per? and Torres Amengo. Its dome was painted by Italian artist Nazareno Orlandi. In 2000, the former movie theatre was reformed to host the most important bookstore in Latin America. AFP PHOTO / DANIEL GARCIA (Photo credit should read DANIEL GARCIA/AFP/Getty Images)
Picture taken on September 2007 showing customers searching for books at the ground level of El Ateneo bookstore, in the Barrio Norte neighborhood in Buenos Aires. El Ateneo presently occupies the building that belonged to the old Grand Splendid Cinema, built in 1919 by initiative of of Max Glucksman, an Austrian immigrant and designed by architects Per? and Torres Amengo. Its dome was painted by Italian artist Nazareno Orlandi. In 2000, the former movie theatre was reformed to host the most important bookstore in Latin America. AFP PHOTO / DANIEL GARCIA (Photo credit should read DANIEL GARCIA/AFP/Getty Images)
Picture taken on September 2007 showing books and the cupola of El Ateneo bookstore, in the Barrio Norte neighborhood in Buenos Aires. El Ateneo presently occupies the building that belonged to the old Grand Splendid Cinema, built in 1919 by initiative of of Max Glucksman, an Austrian immigrant and designed by architects Per? and Torres Amengo. Its dome was painted by Italian artist Nazareno Orlandi. In 2000, the former movie theatre was reformed to host the most important bookstore in Latin America. AFP PHOTO / DANIEL GARCIA (Photo credit should read DANIEL GARCIA/AFP/Getty Images)
Picture taken on September 2007 showing people reading at a stage box of El Ateneo bookstore, in the Barrio Norte neighborhood in Buenos Aires. El Ateneo presently occupies the building that belonged to the old Grand Splendid Cinema, built in 1919 by initiative of of Max Glucksman, an Austrian immigrant and designed by architects Per? and Torres Amengo. Its dome was painted by Italian artist Nazareno Orlandi. In 2000, the former movie theatre was reformed to host the most important bookstore in Latin America. AFP PHOTO / DANIEL GARCIA (Photo credit should read DANIEL GARCIA/AFP/Getty Images)
Picture taken on September 2007 showing La Impreta, the bar of El Ateneo bookstore, in the Barrio Norte neighborhood in Buenos Aires. El Ateneo presently occupies the building that belonged to the old Grand Splendid Cinema, built in 1919 by initiative of of Max Glucksman, an Austrian immigrant and designed by architects Per? and Torres Amengo. Its dome was painted by Italian artist Nazareno Orlandi. In 2000, the former movie theatre was reformed to host the most important bookstore in Latin America. AFP PHOTO / DANIEL GARCIA (Photo credit should read DANIEL GARCIA/AFP/Getty Images)
Picture taken on September 2007 showing El Ateneo bookstore, in the Barrio Norte neighborhood in Buenos Aires. El Ateneo presently occupies the building that belonged to the old Grand Splendid Cinema, built in 1919 by initiative of of Max Glucksman, an Austrian immigrant and designed by architects Per? and Torres Amengo. Its dome was painted by Italian artist Nazareno Orlandi. In 2000, the former movie theatre was reformed to host the most important bookstore in Latin America. AFP PHOTO / DANIEL GARCIA (Photo credit should read DANIEL GARCIA/AFP/Getty Images)
Picture taken on September 2007 showing El Ateneo bookstore, in the Barrio Norte neighborhood in Buenos Aires. El Ateneo presently occupies the building that belonged to the old Grand Splendid Cinema, built in 1919 by initiative of of Max Glucksman, an Austrian immigrant and designed by architects Per? and Torres Amengo. Its dome was painted by Italian artist Nazareno Orlandi. In 2000, the former movie theatre was reformed to host the most important bookstore in Latin America. AFP PHOTO / DANIEL GARCIA (Photo credit should read DANIEL GARCIA/AFP/Getty Images)
Picture taken on September 2007 showing stairs from the childrens book area to the ground level of El Ateneo bookstore, in the Barrio Norte neighborhood in Buenos Aires. El Ateneo presently occupies the building that belonged to the old Grand Splendid Cinema, built in 1919 by initiative of of Max Glucksman, an Austrian immigrant and designed by architects Per? and Torres Amengo. Its dome was painted by Italian artist Nazareno Orlandi. In 2000, the former movie theatre was reformed to host the most important bookstore in Latin America. AFP PHOTO / DANIEL GARCIA (Photo credit should read DANIEL GARCIA/AFP/Getty Images)
Picture taken on September 2007 showing the ground floor of El Ateneo bookstore, in the Barrio Norte neighborhood in Buenos Aires. El Ateneo presently occupies the building that belonged to the old Grand Splendid Cinema, built in 1919 by initiative of of Max Glucksman, an Austrian immigrant and designed by architects Per? and Torres Amengo. Its dome was painted by Italian artist Nazareno Orlandi. In 2000, the former movie theatre was reformed to host the most important bookstore in Latin America. AFP PHOTO / DANIEL GARCIA (Photo credit should read DANIEL GARCIA/AFP/Getty Images)
FILE - In this Monday, April 20, 2015, file photo, customers walk around the El Ateneo Grand Splendid bookstore located in a former theater in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Buenos Aires is the city with the most book shops per capita of any capital city in the world, according to a recent study released by the World Cities Culture Forum, a collaborative network of global cities with a focus on the importance of their cultural offerings. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano,File)
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According to Atlas Obscura, the Grand Splendid theater first opened in 1919 as a hub of tango dancing until it became a cinema in 1929.

The building was almost torn down due to declining economy around 2000 when the Ateneo publishing company turned the space into a bookstore but retained much of the original design.

It is now one of the largest bookstores on the continent and hosts about 3,000 visitors daily.

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