Amazing bookstores that are real page-turners

El Ateneo Grand Splendid, Argentina - Named in 2019 by National Geographic as "the world's most beautiful bookstore," this extraordinary bookshop is situated on Santa Fe Avenue in Buenos Aires.

El Ateneo Grand Splendid, Argentina - Previously a theater, the early 20th-century building features ornate ceiling frescoes by the Italian artist Nazareno Orlandi.

The Last Bookstore, USA - This independent bookstore is located in downtown Los Angeles and claims to be California's largest new and used bookshop.

The Last Bookstore, USA - The store is notable for its odd interior configuration of spiraling books and cut-through bookshelves.

Boekhandel Selexyz Dominicanen, Netherlands - A 700-year-old former Catholic church is now the Boekhandel Selexyz Dominicanen, located in Maastricht.

Boekhandel Selexyz Dominicanen, Netherlands - Dating back to the 13th century, the church houses a three-story island bookshelf.

House of Books, Russia - Also known as the Singer House, this impressive St. Petersburg landmark dates back to 1904.

House of Books, Russia - A masterpiece of Art Nouveau architecture, the building, which used to belong to the Singer Sewing Machine Company, has included a bookstore—House of Books—since 1938.

Strand Book Store, USA - Founded in 1927 and located at 828 Broadway in New York City, the bookstore's slogan is "18 Miles of Books."

Strand Book Store, USA -
According to The New York Times, the Strand is "the undisputed king of the city’s independent bookstores."

Barter Books, England -
Located in the historic English market town of Alnwick in Northumberland, Barter Books is housed within a converted Victorian railway station.

Barter Books, England -
The shop operates a barter system whereby customers can exchange their books for credit against future purchases.

City Lights Books, USA - A San Francisco literary landmark, City Lights Books specializes in world literature, the arts, and progressive politics.

City Lights Books, USA -
The independent bookstore-publisher is located at 261 Columbus Avenue, in the city's Chinatown district.

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