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Formerly named as Teatro Gran Splendid in May 1919, The "El Ateneo" a well known bookshop is a famous attraction in Buenos Aires. The ecleticist building features ceiling frescoespainted by the Italian artist Nazareno Orlandi, and caryatids sculpted by Troiano Troiani (whose work also graces the cornice along the Buenos Aires City Legislature.

The theatre had a seating capacity of 1,050, and staged a variety of performances, including appearances by the tango artists Carlos Gardel, Francisco Canaro, Roberto Firpo and Ignacio Corsini.

The old opera house was subsequently renovated and converted into a very interesting, exquisite book and music shop under the direction of the architect Fernando Manzone. As you can see in the middle, the stage was converted into a cafe. Mini performances are also seen. During this day, a mini jazz "festival" was about to start.

In my opinion, this just shows how creative Argentines are.

Photo stitching work of 22 photos, the area was really huge, it wouldn't fit in to my lens.

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