I think it’s fair to say that time is mankind’s biggest obsession. We’re usually so captivated by how it’s entirely out of our control and yet, places like Viriathus seem to transport us through time.
Stepping through the door of this Roma neighborhood storefront is like walking through a time portal. This two-year-old spot was founded by Viriato Cuenca with the idea of rescuing stories and re-telling them through a myriad of objects.
The shop is a hotbed of memories waiting to be rediscovered. The space is segmented into rooms, each filled with items like wooden cabinets from the 20s, original paintings possibly from the Romance period, lamps, chandeliers, chairs, trunks, pictures, manuscripts from anonymous authors, and even stuffed animals.
All the articles come from different collections that are about to be discarded. Our favorite? A globe that can be seen from the window that faces the street. Here, in this city secret, you will find editions of great classics of literature, such as Les Misérables. Moviegoers will be delighted to discover 35mm projectors and old film canisters.
Warning: you must take into account that these are very rare objects, so the prices are not so accessible. However, think of it as an investment because, more than an object, you are buying a story.