The apartment was the birthplace of Che is for sale in Argentina

L'appartement natal du Che est à vendre en Argentine

The flat, which has been the birthplace of the famous guerrilla leader Ernesto “Che” Guevara, which attracts thousands of visitors in the argentine city of Rosario, is for sale.

Located in the city centre of the second agglomeration of the country, 340 km north of Buenos Aires, this large house-type of the bourgeois, on the second floor of a building that has five, remained frozen in time.

Its current owner, Francisco Farrugia, an argentine entrepreneur who lives in Brazil, had plans to transform the premises into a cultural centre. But the idea never came to fruition.

“We are in the process of receiving a proposal of purchase of several countries”, said Mr Farrugia to the AFP, while refusing to reveal the price of this property.

Its 220 square meters host of photos of “Che” from his first months up to this iconic image of cuban revolutionary, beret on the head, beard and hair in the wind, immortalised by the photographer Alberto Korda.

The building is reported as a historic site and this is the main stage of the circuit of the Che”, a journey through places prominent of the early years of Ernesto Guevara, set up by the town hall.

But the visits of the apartment are not open to the public and only certain personalities have been able to browse to it.

Despite the historic character of the places, it is not certain that these future owners want to keep it in the state.

“Che was born in Rosario by chance”, explains to the AFP, the historian, Fabian Bazan, author of the book “Chegasé” which addresses the linkages of the revolutionary with the city.

The family, Guevara, who lived in the city of Misiones (north-east), had traveled to Rosario to do business while Celia, the mother, was on the point of giving birth.

The birth of Ernesto takes place on the 14th June 1928 in the apartment, according to the historians, as it was usual at the time, though no document attests it.

Long time prohibited in Argentina under the military dictatorship (1976-1983), the figure of Che returns to grace with the return of democracy. “Rosario then begins to reassert (its image), and the city appropriates under the leadership of the city council, led by socialists,” says the historian.

Libraries, schools, sports clubs and even a highway named after her in this city.

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